Check out the amazing infographic* below. Nobody likes to think about diabetes leading to blindness, but of course it can.
What struck me here is the "barriers to diagnosis and care" stripe towards the bottom: 32% didn't know they even needed an eye exam, 36% heard about eye risks only upon diagnosis, and 22% never-ever had a doctor talk to them about the risk of vision loss from diabetes!
*Where did this come from?
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Alliance Health Networks (former partners of DiabetesMine) worked with pharma powerhouse Genentech to assess what people with diabetes understand and don't understand about diabetes and eye health. In May of 2013, 1,674 people with diabetes completed their survey.
Genentech took the results of that survey and combined them with key research findings submitted to the 2013 ADA Scientific Sessions and other sources to produce this infographic "to raise awareness about the importance of eye health, the benefits of regular dilated eye exams, and the barriers that are keeping some patients from getting annual exams" (see diabeteseyecheck.org).
The result is something apropos for Halloween season, IMHO: some scary stats on what can happen when you don't take care of your D-eyes. See also, our 411 info post on diabetic eyes.