Your role in the connection of diabetes, eye health, and overall health.
It’s the perfect time to promote your valuable role as part of your patients’ overall healthcare team. And with more than 90% of vision loss being preventable with early diagnosis and treatment¹, OD’s have an opportunity to slow the impact diabetes has on the American population.
Check back here throughout the month of November for tools and resources to help you and your staff share this important month with your patients and educate them on the crucial role of optometry in managing and preventing diabetes.
Find additional resources and information to help you manage patients with diabetes and prediabetes at vspeyeondiabetes.com.
Learn more about education for you and your staff to further support your patients living with or at risk for diabetes here.
Finish off American Diabetes Month strong with staff education offered thrrough Premier Academy360TM available here.
¹ National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine
It’s no secret diabetes is on the rise in the U.S.1, and it’s not just adults who are impacted. In fact, there are approximately 210,000 children in the U.S. with type 1 diabetes2 and more than 5,000 people under 20 are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes each year3. For Children’s Eye Health & Safety Month, we’re raising awareness about the prevalence of diabetes amongst children and adolescents and the value of early detection and management of the disease.
The good news is that the risk of complications from diabetes can be significantly reduced when starting at a young age with actions like keeping glucose levels in the target range, regularly seeing an eye doctor and your diabetes care team, and wearing sunglasses to prevent cataracts.2 Watch Matt’s story as he shares how being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes as a young child led to a long relationship with his eye doctor to manage his condition, maintain healthy sight, and be able to continue with his passion—fighting fires and helping people.
1. National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine
2. American Diabetes Association
3. Centers for Disease Control and prevention
With 79% of Americans not knowing that diabetic eye diseases have no visible symptoms and more than half who don’t know diabetes1 can be detected through an eye exam, take the next step for your practice to reach the next level.
In collaboration with the American Diabetes Association (ADA), here are some ways you can support maintaining healthy vision year-round and be that trusted patient resource.
As we promote National Healthy Vision Month throughout May, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your patient stories of how you’ve impacted the health of your patients with diabetes through the care you provide.
Encourage your patients to think of healthy vision beyond this month, and even this year, and instead embrace it for a lifetime. #HealthyVisionMonth
1. 2016 American Eye-Q® Survey conducted by the American Optometric Association (AOA)