Early Detection For Healthy LivingJanuary 20th, 2010
According to the American Optometric Association, early detection is a key factor in effective treatment of glaucoma — an eye disease that is often a complication of diabetes. Diabetics are 40% more likely to suffer from glaucoma, but with the help of early detection, symptoms of glaucoma can be treated to prevent nerve damage and blindness.
We see many low-income patients here at St. Anthony Free Medical Clinic who suffer from diabetes as a result of poor diet and food insecurity. In an effort to reduce health disparities experienced by these men and women in our community we offer free eye screenings during designated diabetes days, during which care is focused diabetic medical and educational needs. These free optical screenings make it possible for uninsured diabetic patients to receive the specialized care they need.
To learn more about diabetes, check out diabetes.org or speak with your healthcare provider.