November is a special month for millions of people around the world as it marks Diabetes Awareness Month. During this time, individuals, organizations, and healthcare professionals come together to raise awareness about diabetes, a chronic condition that affects over 400 million people globally. The goal is not only to educate the public but also to promote early detection, prevention, and support for those living with diabetes. Many people don’t know that diabetes can affect the eyes. An annual eye exams can detect early changes to the eyes by diabetes. Our eye doctors can help you stay healthy and seeing well with an annual eye exam. Schedule your eye exam today.
More than 30 million Americans have diabetes and another 84 million have prediabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). In addition, diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness among adults. As prevalent as the condition is, 79 percent of Americans don’t know diabetic eye diseases have no visible symptoms and more than half do not know comprehensive eye examinations can detect diabetes, according to the most recent American Eye-Q® Survey conducted by the American Optometric Association (AOA).
During November’s Diabetes Awareness Month, the AOA, the leading authority in eye and vision healthcare, is committed to educating the public about the relationship between diabetes and eye health, as the annual Eye-Q survey shows that after learning about the topic many participants said they would be prompted to take steps to ensure their eye health. The AOA advocates for regular, dilated eye exams for those with diabetes, or at risk for diabetes, because the alternatives, like online vision apps, only check for refractive errors like nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism and cannot detect diabetes.