Survey Reveals Misconceptions about Diagnosing Diabetes & Related Eye Diseases

Survey Reveals Misconceptions about Diagnosing Diabetes & Related Eye Diseases

November is Diabetes Month, and November 14, 2017 is Diabetes Day. Did you know those living with diabetes in the U.S. are three times more concerned about losing vision than possible side effect of kidney failure? 

St. Louis, Missouri (October 31, 2017) — More than 30 million Americans have diabetes and another 84 million have pre-diabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). In addition, diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness among adults. As prevalent as the condition is, 79 percent of Americans don’t know diabetic eye diseases have no visible symptoms and more than half do not know comprehensive eye examinations can detect diabetes, according to the most recent American Eye-Q® Survey conducted by the American Optometric Association (AOA).

How is your country responding to the need for diabetic eye care? We’d like to know! Send an email to: sue.chiles@worldoptometry.org so we can feature your story in an upcoming issue of the WCO E-News.