Optometry is Key in Identifying Diabetes

Optometry is Key in Identifying Diabetes

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“In 2016 alone, doctors of optometry identified diabetes-related manifestations in more than 320,000 patients who were unaware they had diabetes, leading to prompt diagnoses and care, which minimizes the risk of complications,” said Christopher J. Quinn, O.D., president of the AOA. “A dilated eye examination by a doctor of optometry is one of the most efficient ways to detect new cases of diabetes.”

“When the eyes are dilated, an eye doctor is able to examine the retina for signs of diabetic eye disease and prescribe a course of treatment to help preserve an individual’s sight,” Dr. Quinn said. “Many eye problems show no symptoms until they are in an advanced stage, but early detection and treatment can truly save a person’s vision. No online app can do that.”

Visit www.aoa.org for more information on diabetes and comprehensive eye examinations. For additional resources, visit http://www.allaboutvision.com/conditions/diabetic.htm.