November is Diabetic Eye Disease Month -Chronic High Blood Sugar Can Lead to Vision Loss

November is Diabetic Eye Disease Month. According to the National Institutes of Health’s National Eye Institute, “Diabetic eye disease, a leading cause of blindness, often has no early warning signs. Early detection, timely treatment, and appropriate follow-up care are the only ways to prevent vision loss.”

The American Academy of Ophthalmology suggests the following five steps to prevent diabetic eye diseases:

  1. Get a comprehensive dilated eye examination from your ophthalmologist at least once a year.
  2. Control your blood sugar.
  3. Maintain healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
  4. Stop smoking.
  5. Exercise.

For ophthalmology referrals and to schedule an annual physical at any of our convenient Primary Medical Care Center community clinics, you may visit our website at, or call (305)751-1500 for our Miami-Dade clinic, or (954)289-0000 for our Broward clinic.