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See Clearly in Healthy Vision Month

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UPDATED: 4.8.14

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We’re focusing on eye health this month, because May will be Healthy Vision Month. Annual eye exams are an important part of staying healthy. Dilated eye exams are the only way to catch eye disease early and can even help to detect early signs of other illnesses.1 For people with diabetes, it is especially important to have regular exams by an eye care professional. People with diabetes have a higher risk for blindness and other eye conditions. However, most people with diabetes only experience minor eye problems.2

The best way to prevent minor and serious eye problems if you have diabetes is to keep your blood sugar and blood pressure under control and have regular eye exams. If you have diabetes you should have a dilated eye exam at least once a year. You should also see an eye care professional as soon as possible if you have any changes in your vision.2

Several vision screenings will be offered by organizations in the coming weeks:

VisionFirst Eye Center will offer free vision screenings every Wednesday in April between 1 pm and 3:30 pm. Walk-ins are welcome of call to make an appointment. More information is available here.

Cahaba Valley Health Care, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing healthcare to underserved communities in Jefferson County and Shelby County, will be providing several vision screenings throughout the month of May. Check their calendar for more information.

References:

  1. Keeping Your Eyes Healthy. National Eye Institute. Accessed: 4/1/2014.
  2. Eye Complications. American Diabetes Association. Accessed: 4/1/2014.
  3. Eye Care. American Diabetes Association. Accessed: 4/1/2014.

Written by: Rebecca Honaker, BA