Retinal Disease Risk Quiz

Are you concerned about being at risk for a retinal disease? We have provided a simple self-assessment tool to help you determine your level of risk. This assessment focuses on two of the most common diseases we see in our offices: diabetic retinopathy and age related macular degeneration.

Diabetic retinopathy risk is largely determined by the length of time you have lived with diabetes and the degree to which you have kept your blood sugar under control. However, there are some additional risk factors that may impact your likelihood of developing diabetic retinopathy.

Age-related macular degeneration can be influenced by several factors including age, gender, family history and current health.

To find our your risk level, use our self assessment tool.

Has it been more than one (1) year since you had a thorough eye exam with an optometrist/ophthalmologist?

Adults with diabetes should have annual screenings for diabetic retinopathy.

Are you over the age of 55?

Risk of age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy increases with age.

Have you at any time in the last year experienced blurred or distorted vision?

Often, patients that are at risk experience some level of vision problems before their first appointment.

Are you between the ages of 20-30, take insulin and have been diagnosed with diabetes for 5 years or longer?

The longer you have been diagnosed with diabetes, the more at risk you are for developing diabetic retinopathy.

Are you a smoker?

Smoking can increase your risk of developing age-related macular degeneration by 200%-500%! Smoking also impacts your overall vision. The retina has a high rate of oxygen consumption. Anything that affects the rate of oxygen delivery to the retina has the potential to negatively impact vision.

Have you been diagnosed with diabetes and have a difficult time controlling your blood sugar?

Spikes in blood sugar levels increase your risk of diabetic retinopathy.

Have you been diagnosed with diabetes and high blood pressure?

Individuals with high blood pressure are more likely to be affected by age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.

Are you of Caucasian, Hispanic, African American, Pacific American, Pacific Islander, or of Native American descent?

Individuals of Caucasian decent are more likely to be at risk for age-related macular degeneration while individuals of Hispanic, African American, Pacific American, Pacific Island and Native American descent are more likely to be at risk for diabetic retinopathy.

Do you have family members who are diagnosed with diabetes and diabetic retinopathy, cataracts, glaucoma or age-related macular degeneration?

Individuals with affected family members have a stronger tendency to be at risk than others.

According to standard height/weight charts, are you overweight and do not exercise regularly?

Because the eye relies heavily on oxygen, being overweight and physically inactive can greatly impact your risk of retinal disease.