I urge people to have their eyesight checked as part of Diabetes Awareness Month, since 6 million people in the U.S. have diabetes and don't realize it. Having a dilated eye exam allows optometric physicians to look inside the retina and potentially find changes in the eye that lead to the diagnosis of diabetes. This is the only way to see inside to the body's blood vessels without surgery, which makes it a convenient way to check on vascular diseases like diabetes and hypertension. Diabetic eye disease is the leading cause of blindness among people 20-75 years of age.

Melissa Moore

Portland

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