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Eye Health

Take Control

Most importantly, early detection by a professional could save your vision. There are other steps that can help, too. Together, we can take control.

Get an Annual Dilated Eye Exam

It’s important to get a comprehensive eye exam with dilation every year to allow for a more thorough examination of your eye and to catch conditions early, before permanent damage is done. Some diabetic eye diseases have no signs or symptoms until they are too obvious to ignore, which might present as:

  • Blurred vision
  • Dark spots or "holes"
  • Flashes of light
  • Seeing an increased amount of floaters
  • Poor night vision

This is why routine exams are so important—to help avoid vision loss and potentially catch these conditions early.

Eye health benefits are determined by your health care plan. Consider your network to learn your options when making an appointment. Schedule appointments with your eye doctor at least once a year so they can detect any problems early and treat them.


 

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Know the Risk For Diabetes

Before people develop type 2 diabetes, they almost always have prediabetes. There are no clear symptoms of prediabetes, so someone may have it and not even know it. Take or share our free, 60-second online risk test—and if you or a loved one are at risk for diabetes, talk to a healthcare professional about getting tested.
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Monitor Blood Glucose (Blood Sugar)

When blood glucose (blood sugar) is too high, it can affect the shape of the eye’s lens, causing blurry vision, which goes back to normal after blood glucose stabilizes. High blood glucose can also damage the blood vessels in the eyes. Maintaining good control of blood glucose helps prevent these problems.
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Monitor Blood Pressure and Cholesterol

High blood pressure and high cholesterol can increase risk for eye disease and vision loss. Keeping both under control will not only help the eyes but overall health as well.
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Make Healthy Lifestyle Choices

Smoking increases the risk of diabetic retinopathy and other eye conditions, but reduce that risk by quitting smoking. Regular exercise also has phenomenal health benefits—it can control diabetes and improve eye health.
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Find answers and take action

What Can You Do to Protect Your Eyes?

Getting eye exams is an important part of taking care of your eyes. Here’s how to prepare. 

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Ophthalmologist? Optometrist? Retina Specialist? What’s the Difference?

Knowing the difference between an ophthalmologist, optometrist and retina specialist is important. 

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Living with low vision?

Here are some solutions to help with everyday activities.

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Where can you go to get more info?

There are many resources available to help you achieve your eye health goals.

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Computer Vision Syndrome?

Learn how to minimize the impact of hours in front of the screen.

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Understand Eye Conditions

Wondering about glaucoma or cataracts? What about diabetic retinopathy? We can help.
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Eye Health Resources

Videos and downloadable resources to help you navigate diabetes and eye health.

Ask the Experts Podcasts

Experts in different medical specialties and other authorities in Diabetes and Eye health care
answer questions, give advice and share their knowledge.
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