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Florida Eye Institute Blog

It’s National Diabetes Month – Are you at risk for serious eye disease?

Did you know that 95% of diabetes-related vision loss could be prevented with a regular eye exam? Diabetes increases the risk of developing serious eye disease, yet most people do not have sight-saving, annual eye exams, according to a large study. Florida Eye Institute joins the American Academy of Ophthalmology in recognizing the importance of eye health this November, observed nationally as Diabetes Awareness Month. One in 10 Americans has diabetes, putting them at heightened risk for visual impairment. Diabetic eye disease is a group of conditions that include retinopathy, diabetic macular edema (DME), cataract, and glaucoma. Fluctuating blood sugar creates fragile, abnormal blood vessels that grow and leak within the eye, distorting vision. Distortions can advance to blindness if left untreated. Researchers at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia found that more than half of patients with the Diabetes skip annual eye exams. They also discovered that patients who smoke – and therefore more likely to have signs of diabetic eye disease – were most likely to neglect to have annual check-ups. Collaborating with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, researchers reviewed charts of nearly 2,000 patients age 40 or older with type 1 and type 2 diabetes to see how many had regular eye exams. Their

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Diabetes Head to Toe Symposium & Health Expo

Learn valuable tips on managing diabetes from local experts in the medical community. FREE Health Screenings and Information! Featured Presenters: Thomas Baudo, MD, FACS Retina Ophthalmologist Cassi Jones, DO Internal Medicine Nicholas Rutledge, DPM Podiatrist Colleen Symanski, RN, CDE Certified Diabetes Educator Chef Ed Food Preparation Demo Diabetes is Complex! Don’t go it alone. Vision Screenings, Diabetes Foot Care, Blood Sugar Checks, Blood Pressure Checks, Mindfulness Education, Diabetes Education & Coaching, Chair Massage, Healthy Food Preparation, Fitness Coaching, Medication Information, and Much MORE…. Call 772.569.9500 to RSVP Light refreshments will be served and box lunch available. First Presbyterian Church 520 Royal Palm Blvd, Vero Beach Sponsored by:

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