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November is National Diabetes Awareness Month

The Unseen Danger of DiabetesThere are about 29 million people in the U.S. currently diagnosed with diabetes, and 86 million diagnosed with pre-diabetes. That is a staggering figure! At Vision Health Institute we see patients suffering from Diabetic Retinopathy nearly every day.

This eye disease is the leading cause of vision loss and blindness in the United States. It affects 7.7 million people over the age of 40. One-in-five adults report knowing someone who has either lost sight or is currently losing their eyesight to diabetes.

According to a recent Prevent Blindness study, the estimated number of diabetic retinopathy cases in 2014 is currently more than 8 million and projected to increase to close to 11 million by 2032.

By raising awareness, VHI hopes to inform people looking for an optometrist in the Orlando area that we provide eye care specifically for patients with diabetes. Our optometry practice is equipped and prepared to provide quality service to patients who are diabetic or pre-diabetic. Diabetic eye exams are very important. We can schedule additional time and resources to diagnosis and maintain patients’ ocular health that will lead to better overall health.

Do you have diabetes?

If you suspect that you might have diabetes, or your primary care physician has discussed the need (or has referred you to us) for a Diabetic Eye Exam, be sure to let our receptionist know when you call to schedule your exam 407-893-6222. Indicate that you have, or suspect you might have, diabetes on your health history forms (fill out and submit prior to your exam). With approximately 11 million people projected to be affected by 2030 with diabetes, it’s nice to know that VHI is here to help answer your eye care needs and questions throughout the entire year, not just during National Diabetes Awareness Month.