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Daniel Simon, MD Urges People with Diabetes to Protect Sight by Getting Diabetic Eye Exam
Date:12/10/2009

More than half of all Americans with diabetes are not getting recommended eye exam; EyeSmart: EyeCommitted social media campaign seeks to reduce the largest cause of preventable blindness among working-age Americans

Durham, NC (PRWEB) December 10, 2009 -- Diabetes causes more new cases of legal blindness among working-age Americans than any other disease. If diabetics are monitored regularly by their ophthalmologist, this vision loss is almost always avoidable. Yet, tragically, more than half of all people living with diabetes do not get the recommended annual dilated eye exam. As the number of people with Type 2 diabetes rises in the U.S., the CDC projects that the number of adults with diabetic retinopathy will double by the year 2050. Yet 90 percent of diabetic eye disease can be prevented simply by proper regular examinations and treatment and by controlling blood sugar.

Daniel Simon, MD with the American Academy of Ophthalmology (Academy) through its EyeSmart™ campaign to remind the public that an annual dilated eye exam can help prevent vision loss in people with diabetes. To promote awareness of the need for an annual eye exam, Daniel Simon, MD and the Academy, along with its partners the American Society of Retina Specialists, the Macula Society and the Retina Society, are promoting EyeSmart: EyeCommitted, a social media campaign to encourage people with diabetes to pledge to get an annual eye exam.

“Diabetes can have a devastating impact on vision, but the good news is that regular dilated eye exams by an ophthalmologist and timely treatment, if needed, can save vision for the vast majority of diabetics,” said Dr. Simon. “That is why we’re urging people with diabetes to get EyeCommitted. By taking charg
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