Diabetes Awareness Day 2011

November is Diabetes Awareness Month.   Diabetes affects over 25 million Americans, 7 million of which may not even realize it.  Last year I discussed the serious complication of diabetic retinopathy which can lead to blindness.  But did you know that people with diabetes are 40% more likely to develop glaucoma and 60% more likely to develop cataracts.  Glaucoma can painlessly rob you of your sight over time if left uncontrolled.  Cataracts will cause blur and glare and will eventually need to be removed surgically.  These are just two more reasons why it is important for diabetics to have regular eye examinations.

This year we are having our Diabetes Awareness Day on Thursday, November 17th from 9:00-5:30.  We will be offering complimentary diabetic eye screenings and well as offer counseling and education about diabetic eye diseases.  If you, or someone you know, would like to schedule a screening, please call us at 843-388-6200 or use our online scheduler (be sure to put Diabetes Awareness Day in the notes section).  Space is limited.