Special to the Enterprise
October 11, 2013
Don’t Go Blind From Diabetes: An easy to understand guide to keeping your vision for people with diabetes, by David Khorram, son of Dr. Houshang and Toby Khorram, has been published and has quickly become the bestselling book on diabetic eye disease on Amazon. “I really didn’t set out to write a bestseller,” said Dr. Khorram.
“I just wanted to explain diabetic eye disease to my patients, so I wrote this book.” David Khorram grew up in Middlesboro and attended Middlesboro High School. He is a graduate of the University of Kentucky Medical School, and completed his training in ophthalmology at Northwestern University. After completing his training, Khorram set out to fulfill a lifelong dream of working in an underserved community internationally.
“I was inspired by my parents, who left their native country when they were young and settled in eastern Kentucky to serve the community. So after I finished my training, I sent letters all over the world, and ended up at the LBJ Tropical Medical Center in Pago Pago, in the South Pacific,” explained Khorram. “It was a very fulfilling experience, and I feel in love with the pacific, much like my parents fell in love with Middlesboro.”
After a year in Pago Pago, Khorram moved to the island of Saipan, in the Marianas, where he worked for the government’s Commonwealth Health Center. “I met my wife in Pago Pago, and we were married in Saipan. After a few years here, we decided to make it home, and we both left our jobs with the government to open Marianas Eye Institute,” said Khorram. “We’ve been here now some twenty years.”
The pacific is one of the areas with the highest rates of diabetes, and it was because of his experience with the problems caused by diabetes that he decided to write Don’t Go Blind From Diabetes. “I spend my days taking care of people with diabetic eye disease. It’s a devastating problem, and diabetes is rising world-wide,” said Khorram. “I just wanted to get reliable information into the hands of the people I was taking care of.”
Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness worldwide. Over the past few years exciting scientific discoveries have revolutionized diabetic eye care. “I wanted to explain to people the basics of diabetic eye disease, but also discuss the things that a person can do to prevent vision loss.” Khorram explained that in his years of treating patients he’s seen that most people don’t understand how diabetes causes damage to the eyes. “Most people don’t know how diabetes leads to blindness, or that vision loss can be prevented – even reversed,” said Dr. Khorram.
Don’t Go Blind From Diabetes begins with a description of how the eye works and how diabetes causes damage, not just in the eye but throughout the body. Dr. Khorram then discusses the stages of diabetic retinopathy, as well as other diabetic related problems such as cataracts, fluctuating vision and double vision. Dr. Khorram goes on to explain the types of doctors that provide diabetic eye care, the details of the eye exam, and an overview of special eye tests that you may need to evaluate diabetic eye disease.
A separate section discussed treatment of diabetic eye disease, including laser treatment, surgery, and the use of revolutionary new drugs such as Avastin which can stabilize and even reverse vision loss. Finally, Dr. Khorram touches on issues related to control of diabetes and other health problems that can play a major role in helping you prevent blindness.
Khorram explained that the biggest danger of diabetic eye disease is that damage – severe damage – can be taking place while the person is totally unaware of it. “For this reason, the first step to preventing vision loss is to get your eyes examined at least once a year,” said Khorram.
“Every day we see people with diabetes who thought everything was okay, forgot to get an annual eye exam, and then they wake up with an eye full of blood and vision loss,” said Khorram. Bleeding in the eye is a common complication of diabetes. “Fortunately, many times we can still help save the vision, but it is much easier, and much more successful if the person comes in for an eye exam before so much damage has occurred,” Khorram explained.
Statistics show that delays in eye exams lead to higher rates of vision loss in people with diabetes, and also that vast numbers of people with diabetes fail to get their eyes examined, leading to higher risk of vision loss. Studies have also shown that a majority of diabetics are not aware of the dangers of ignoring eye exams.
Don’t Go Blind From Diabetes, by Dr. Khorram, is available online at Amazon.
“I didn’t expect the book to be so popular, but if it can help people keep their vision, I’m happy.” said Khorram.
For more information on diabetic eye disease, visit Dr. Khorram at www.DiabeticEyeExpert.com.