November: Eyes On Diabetes

In the United States, more than 30 million people have diabetes, but 1 in 4 people don’t realize they have it. Many of us are impacted by this disease because we’ve been diagnosed with it or we know someone who has. There are 3 different types: Type 1, Type 2, and gestational diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is the most common. What are the risk factors?

  • having prediabetes

  • being overweight

  • being 45 years old or older

  • having a sibling or parent with type 2 diabetes

  • being physically active less then 3 times/week

  • ever having gestational diabetes or giving birth to a baby more than 9 lbs

  • your race and ethnicity

You can take an online Type 2 Diabetes risk test here.

It’s important that people with Type 2 diabetes have their eyes dilated every year. Comprehensive eye exams allow us to evaluate the health of the eyes and make sure there aren’t any diabetic complications. A person with diabetes is at higher risk for eye problems like blindness, cataracts, and glaucoma so it’s vital that we, as your eye care professional, continue to monitor for those conditions.

If you need a comprehensive eye exam, please contact us to schedule your exam. We can help you manage your diabetes so you have better control and live a longer, healthier life.