Diabetes and Eye Health

During Diabetic Eye Disease Month Friends for Sight encourages individuals with diabetes to take preventative measures and protect their eyes from the devastating effects of diabetes.

More than 30 million people in the U.S. are living with diabetes, and approximately three times that number are considered prediabetic. Studies predict these numbers will only grow with possible 1 in 3 or 4 Americans having diabetes by 2050.1,2More than 30 million people in the U.S. are living with diabetes, and approximately three times that number are considered prediabetic. Studies predict these numbers will only grow with possible 1 in 3 or 4 Americans having diabetes by 2050.1,2Diabetes can lead to a wide variety of health complications, including heart disease, nerve damage, stroke, kidney disease, and vision loss. Diabetic retinopathy is the term for eye disease that happens in individuals with diabetes. It has become the leading cause of new cases of blindness among U.S. adults ages 20 to 74. Diabetes is also a risk factor for developing glaucoma and cataracts.

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  • "This year alone we had 4 children who after their screening visited the eye doctor & were prescribed glasses. The smiles on their faces when they came back to school wearing their new glasses & to quote one child, 'I can see everything now, teacher!' How can words express our thanks for opening a child’s world like that?”

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