American Diabetes Association Alert Day, observed the fourth Tuesday of March each year, aims to increase awareness of this serious health condition, which is linked to more than nine serious health complications, including vision loss. Diabetic retinopathy, now the leading cause of new cases of legal blindness among working-age adults, occurs when high blood sugar damages the blood vessels in the retina in the back of the eye. It can cause blurry vision and loss of sight. People with diabetes can also develop other eye conditions, including macular edema, cataracts, and glaucoma. Early diagnosis and treatment are key to protecting eyesight. For more information, check out the listing from the National Eye Institute (NEI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on Diabetic Retinopathy. For details about the annual awareness day, visit the listing from National Today on American Diabetes Association Alert Day.
Ask the Experts About Vision and Diabetes: Virtual Program on March 22, 2022
On March 22, 2022, at 2 pm ET (Eastern Time), the American Diabetes Association is hosting a session covering ways to lower the risk of “worsening eye disease,” as well as the latest treatments available. This program is part of the “Ask the Experts Q&A Series,” which aims to help people with diabetes to address issues commonly faced through interaction with experts and others sharing similar experiences. To learn more and register for this event, go to Ask the Experts: My vision keeps getting worse, can it be saved?