March 23, 2010 is the 22nd annual Diabetes Alert Day. According to LightHouse International, diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of legal blindness in the developed world. Today, some 24 million Americans are living with the disease.
Diabetes can lead to a host of life-threatening complications, such as heart disease, stroke, and kidney failure and vision loss. The American Diabetes Association recommends that individuals with diabetes have a comprehensive eye exam annually.
To see if you are at risk for type 2 diabetes, the American Diabetes Association offers a simple Diabetes Risk Test online (click here to take the Diabetes Risk Test).
LightHouse International also offers a short quiz to test your knowledge about diabetes and low vision today. (click here to take the Diabetes and Vision Loss quiz).
If you or someone you know are experiencing vision loss, call our information specialists at the LightHouse toll-free at 1-888-400-8933.
Click here to find out more about the services and training you can receive at the LightHouse in order to live more independently with vision loss.