Health Care Professionals

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Eye Health

Health Care Professionals

When your patients with diabetes or prediabetes lose their sight, it’s devastating.

Diabetes is the leading cause of vision loss in people 18–64 years old.[i] And there are often no obvious signs or symptoms. Around 50% of people with diabetes do not receive  an annual eye exam.[ii] But the evidence shows that early detection, timely treatment, and appropriate follow-up can reduce a person's risk for severe vision loss from diabetic eye disease by 95%.[iii]

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Resources for Health Care Professionals

Access free resources to help you and your patients reduce the risk, treat and manage diabetes-related eye disease.

The Need for Clinical Change to Drive Real Outcomes

Watch Dr. Robert Gabbay, American Diabetes Association, Dr. Valerie Sheety-Pilon, VSP Vision Care, Dr. Lori Grover, American Optometric Association, and Dr. Raj Maturi, American Academy of Ophthalmology, discuss the importance of comprehensive eye exams for those at risk for diabetes and people living with diabetes.

Community Resources for Your Patients

Help remove barriers for your patients to obtain a comprehensive eye exam and follow-up care. Connect your patients with local resources like transportation, nutrition education, and more.

[i] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Diabetes Statistics Report, available at https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/data/statistics-report/index.html. Accessed May 24, 2022.
[ii] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Keep an Eye on Your Vision Health, available at https://www.cdc.gov/visionhealth/resources/features/keep-eye-on-vision-health.html Accessed May 24, 2022.
[iii]  National Eye Institute. People with Diabetes Can Prevent Vision Loss, available at https://www.nei.nih.gov/sites/default/files/2019-06/diabetes-prevent-vision-loss.pdf. Accessed May 24, 2022.