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November – Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, people with diabetes are more likely to develop blinding eye diseases, such as diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and cataracts. Yet recent studies have revealed low awareness of the issue among ethnicities at higher risk for diabetes. With the findings signaling that many Americans may not be defending themselves against diabetes-related vision loss, the American Academy of Ophthalmology encourages those with diabetes to take proactive steps to protect their vision.

People with special risks, such as diabetes, a previous eye trauma, surgery or a family history of glaucoma, may need an eye exam more frequently. People with symptoms of eye trouble should see an eye doctor right away.

To learn more about eye diseases and how to protect your vision visit griffineyecenter.com or call 843-449-6414 to get a full comprehensive eye exam.