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Laser Eye Center

November 10, 2011 19:30 ET

Laser Eye Center Focuses on Diabetes Prevention for Good Eye Health

Laser Eye Center Takes Pledge to Help Inform More Patients About Signs to Look for During American Diabetes Month

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - Nov 10, 2011) - Laser Eye Center, a Southern California-based network of LASIK vision correction surgery centers that treat various eye conditions, announced that it is taking up the cause to stop diabetes by emphasizing the signs of diabetes, maintaining a healthy lifestyle with the right food and exercise, and regularly visiting physicians and eye specialists.

Laser Eye Center recommends that those with diabetes or those at risk get their eyes examined at least once a year. Diabetes can affect the blood vessels within the eyes, leading to a retina disorder known as diabetic retinopathy. For some people with diabetes, this could even lead to blindness, if left untreated. Factors depend on genetics, how well blood sugar levels are controlled, the amount of time a person has been a diabetic and blood pressure levels.

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can minimize the effects of diabetes and ensure other eye disorders do not impact eye health. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) noted that, "people with diabetes are 40% more likely to suffer from glaucoma." Additionally, while many people develop cataracts, those with diabetes are 60% more likely to develop this eye condition. (http://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/complications/eye-complications/).

Dr. Abraham Shammas, President of Laser Eye Center noted, "If any signs of eye conditions or changes in the eyes are found early, there are treatments that can help. That's why it is critical to have annual checkups. Make sure that your eye care specialist has special training and can recognize and treat diabetic eye disease. An eye specialist can not only perform the necessary eye treatments and eye surgery, but they can also partner with a patient's primary care physician or diabetes specialist to ensure the best care."

More information about American Diabetes Month and how to get involved can be found at the ADA's website (www.diabetes.org).

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Laser Eye Center is the most comprehensive and respected name in LASIK and refractive eye surgery throughout Southern California with locations in the Inland Empire, Orange, and Los Angeles County. Since 1986, the doctors of Laser Eye Center have safely performed over 200,000 individual LASIK cases. For more information about Laser Eye Center, please visit www.lasereyecenter.com.

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