Diabetes Is Leading Cause of Blindness In America

By  //  February 17, 2015

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Diabetes can ALSO affect many organ systems


Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in the United States in patients aged 20-64 years.

SPACE-COAST-MEDICINE-260X100-4Diabetes mellitus results in a defect in the body’s ability to use and store sugar properly.

High blood sugars over an extended period of time results in damage to the inner lining of small blood vessels.

Diabetes can affect many organ systems, increasing the risk of stroke, heart disease, neuropathy, poor wound healing, kidney disease, and eye disease.


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Dr. Frank Venzara III is a native of Merritt Island, Florida. He received a biomedical engineering degree and medical degree from the University of Miami, and spent a full year performing research at the prestigious Bascom Palmer Eye Institute where he published articles in peer reviewed journals and presented his work at multiple national meetings.

Dr. Frank Venzara III

He went on to Texas A&M Scott & White Eye Institute where he completed a four year internship and ophthalmology residency training program and served as chief resident. Following residency, Dr. Venzara completed a two year surgical retina fellowship at one of the most surgically intensive retina programs in the country. While at the Retina Consultants of Alabama fellowship program at UAB Callahan Eye Hospital, he performed over 1,100 retina surgery cases, which is greater than 2.5 times the national average for retina fellows.

Dr. Venzara is Board Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and a member of the American Society of Retina Specialists, American Academy of Ophthalmology, Florida Society of Ophthalmology, and the Christian Ophthalmology Society. To reach Dr. Venzara call 321-735-8800 or log on to FloridaRetinaSpecialists@gmail.com