For most people, eye care is only top of mind when a vision correction need surfaces, but eye exams are about so much more than just getting a prescription. A comprehensive eye exam assesses not only the health of a patient’s eyes, it can detect signs of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes.
According to the National Eye Institute, as many as 24,000 people with diabetes lose their sight each year. In the United States, diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness in adults less than 65 years of age. The retina is the light-sensing tissue at the back of the eye.
Last year a University of California Los Angeles study found that 55% of adults in California have diabetes or prediabetes.
Be sure to schedule an eye exam every year with your VSP provider.