Eye Health

It's easy to take your eyesight for granted.

Diabetes is the leading cause of vision loss in people 18–64 years old. And there are no obvious signs or symptoms. But the great news is an annual routine eye exam could prevent 95% of vision loss caused by diabetes.

Focus on Diabetes™ is a multi-year initiative that brings together the American Diabetes Association and Visionary Partners from leading organizations in vision care to increase awareness about diabetes and eye health.

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Get Smart About Eye Health

Vision loss is preventable with early detection, timely treatment and appropriate follow-up care.

Step 1

Know the Risk for Diabetes

Many people have prediabetes or diabetes for years without knowing it because early symptoms can be so easy to miss. That’s why an annual comprehensive eye exam is critical for prevention and early detection of diabetes-related eye complications.

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Step 2

Know the Warning Signs of Diabetic Eye Disease

Some diabetic eye diseases have no signs or symptoms until they are too obvious to ignore, which might present as:

  • Blurred vision
  • Dark spots or "holes"
  • Flashes of light
  • Seeing an increased amount of floaters
  • Poor night vision

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Step 3

Take Control of Eye Health

Routine eye exams can help identify problems that when treated can prevent or delay vision loss due to diabetic eye complications. Unfortunately, many people with diabetes don't get their eyes examined regularly. Find an eye care professional.

Take Control of Eye Health

We Believe in Champions

Diabetes-related eye disease is more than diagnosis and treatment. It is about knowing how to manage your diabetes and your eye health. Just like you, our champions overcome limitations every day.

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Become a Champion

Share your story to help raise awareness of diabetes-related eye disease.
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Calculate Your Risk for Diabetic Retinopathy

Vision loss due to diabetes can be prevented with early detection, timely treatment, and preventive lifestyle changes. With this free RetinaRisk™ calculator, you can better understand the risk factors, calculate your risk, and learn simple steps you can take to prevent vision loss.

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