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

e of their eye health, Americans can greatly reduce their risk of losing their sight from diabetes.”

The EyeCommitted campaign comes at a time when there is a documented rise in Type 2 diabetes rates among Americans, particularly among the young. An estimated 23.6 million Americans have Type 2 diabetes, but nearly one quarter are unaware of it. African-Americans and people of Hispanic heritage are more likely to have diabetes.

“As ophthalmologists, we are concerned that the trend toward younger age at diagnosis will mean that people will have to manage their eye health closely for decades, including through their peak work years,” said Dr. Simon “That’s why it is critical for people with Type 2 diabetes to get an eye exam as soon after their diagnosis as possible and then annually thereafter.” For people with Type 1 diabetes, also known as juvenile diabetes, the Academy recommends that the first dilated eye exam should take place within three to five years of initial diagnosis and then annually thereafter.

About North Carolina Eye, Ear, Nose & Throat

North Carolina Eye, Ear, Nose, & Throat was founded in 1914. Formerly McPherson Hospital, North Carolina Eye, Ear, Nose & Throat has been a leader in providing Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology care for the community as well as being active in medical research and the training of new physicians. Since 1914 more than one million patients have trusted McPherson Hospital and North Carolina Eye, Ear, Nose & Throat for their Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology care.

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About Daniel Simon, MD

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