In order to understand the importance of ophthalmological examinations, especially if it is a diabetic, Novartis has held a series of interviews with medical specialists on the World Diabetes Day, which is celebrated on November 14th.
Patients with diabetes are basically three: macular edema, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy, all three causing blindness, and are usually diagnosed until they have symptoms, so they are not treated in time and leave several people disabled. Continue with a normal life.
Therefore, the company decided to hold a series of interviews with medical experts on the illnesses that usually leave patients with visionless diabetes, as it is easier to raise awareness of healthcare with direct conversation.
Ophthalmologist ophthalmologist, Leonora Hernandez, explained that diabetic macular edema is not necessarily followed by retinopathy.
"Diabetic macular edema is a condition that follows diabetes mellitus type 1 and type 2, and not necessarily a patient should have diabetic retinopathy, sometimes this disease begins and represents the primary manifestation of diabetic retinopathy and affects the central area of the eye, that is what we see things like to read, drive and recognize people, "he explained.
Among the major problems causing macular edema is that 53 percent of patients are still working, so their activity is compromised by this condition.
For her part, the head of the Retina Hospital de la Luz Department, Abel Ramirez Estudillo, spoke about diabetic retinopathy and pointed out that this problem is not reversible, but has significant economic consequences for patients and their environment.
"Retinopathy is a very delicate problem because it affects the population by reducing its functional functional capacity and, unfortunately, if we have a patient associated with diabetes, it affects their environment, their family and the condition they face," he said.
The number of Mexican patients with this disease is growing when they do not have the necessary care to prevent the development of other diseases, such as diabetic retinopathy, since diabetes is not necessarily followed by this disease.
"Diabetes retinopathy is currently a major economic problem, unfortunately, there are nearly 13 million Mexicans with this disease and it is estimated that between 30 and 35 percent of patients with this disease have a stage of diabetic retinopathy," Rodriguez said.
In order to avoid blindness associated with illnesses developed by patients with diabetes, it is important to monitor blood glucose levels, measure blood pressure and cholesterol.
In addition to eye testing, which involve pupil dilatation once a year, among others, such as smoking, if this is done.
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