Did you know it’s especially important for your diabetic employees to get their eyes examined regularly? Diabetes is a chronic health condition that affects over 37 million American adults and is the number one cause of adult blindness. In observance of American Diabetes Month, we’re here to remind you that addressing diabetes in the workforce is good for business.
In addition to millions of American adults living with diabetes, 96 million– more than 1 in 3- are living with prediabetes. Of this prediabetic population, the CDC states that “more than 8 out of 10 of them don’t know they have it.” Encouraging employees to take advantage of annual eye exams not only helps maximize the overall health and productivity of your workforce but can lower health care costs for them and your business.
The CDC says, “Prediabetes is a serious health condition where blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough yet to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes.” Luckily, if caught in time, a prediabetes diagnosis is a chance for your employees to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes and other health problems, including serious eye conditions such as diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma or cataracts.
An optometrist can detect signs of diabetes and diabetes-related eye diseases that can lead to vision loss by examining the eyes and blood vessels on the back of the eyes. Routine eye exams are an important opportunity for your employees’ optometrists to detect subtle changes in their overall health. Simply attending an annual eye exam can have a huge impact on overall health, especially if individuals are prediabetic or living with diabetes. According to the American Diabetes Association, “an annual eye exam with an eye care professional can help prevent or delay disease and vision loss caused by diabetes.”
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