One Option for Slowing Down Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetes is the number one cause of blindness in the working age population. In fact, 40% of people diagnosed with Type II diabetes will develop some form of diabetic retinopathy within 5 years of being diagnosed! Until now, there was nothing we could do to reduce the chances of developing diabetic retinopathy except manage the blood glucose levels carefully through diet, oral or injectable medications, and exercise. Now, clinical studies have proven that a specific formulation of re-esterified triglyceride DHA (a type of polyunsaturated Omega 3 fatty acid) can delay the onset and slow the progression of Diabetic Retinopathy. Specifically, studies show nearly a 50% reduction in the development and progression of diabetic retinopathy!

This is not the same type of Omega 3 supplements or fish oil pills that can be purchased at a drugstore or even the same type that eye doctors currently use for dry eye disease or macular degeneration.   It is a prescription product with a 5:1 DHA:EPA re-esterified triglyceride omega 3 essential fatty acid modeled after a study conducted on patients receiving injections for diabetic retinopathy. Your prescription drug plan won’t pay for this as it is a supplement and not classified as a drug (even though it needs a doctor’s recommendation to be purchased). If you have an FSA or HSA pre-tax dollars you can use that to purchase supplements such as this.

Talk to your optometric physician about whether or not this type of supplement is right for you!

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Kimberly Friedman, OD, FAAO

About Kimberly Friedman, OD, FAAO

Dr. Kimberly Kester Friedman ( is a graduate of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. She was the salutatorian of her doctoral graduation class and has obtained additional training in pediatric eye care. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Optometry as well as a Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry. Dr. Friedman makes regular appearances on multiple local television stations and has authored numerous magazine and newspaper articles on eye care topics. Dr. Friedman received the New Jersey Society of Optometric Physicians' President's Award for serving as the first female president in the society's 100 plus year history. She was recognized as one of Top Docs for Kids by NJ Family Magazine and the nations "top 40 under 40" professionals in the eye care field as selected by Vision Monday Magazine, and received the "People's First Award" for the northeastern region of the United States, awarded to a doctor who demonstrates excellence in eye care and community service.


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