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 diabetes are at increased risk for developing serious eye diseases, but eye exams can help save their sight.

As adults age, many will develop eye diseases that could become debilitating if not treated in time. But people can protect themselves by having eye exams that can spot early and often-hidden signs of eye disease.

Watch this animated video to learn how. Then, share it with your friends and loved ones so they can take steps to care for their vision, too.

If you’re age 65 or older and haven’t seen an ophthalmologist in three or more years, the Academy wants to help get you checked. Learn how you may qualify for a no-cost eye exam through EyeCare America.

Shared from the American Academy of Ophthalmology

National Diabetes Awareness Month - Why Get an Eye Exam? To Spot the Signs You Can't See

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