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Friday, November 14, 2014

Get Your Eyes checked during Diabetes Awareness Month #TransitionsLens

November is Diabetes Awareness Month and November 14th is World Diabetes Day. While I do not have diabetes, I know people who do and it is not a good thing.

It is important to spread awareness about diabetes because Diabetes is often called the silent enemy because people have no idea they have until it is too late. It can also cause severe vision loss and blindness because of diabetic retinopathy.

I recently got new glasses and when I was speaking with my doctor, he said that from a simple eye exam you can tell if someone diabetes. He said changed in the eyes give clues. Luckily, he did not find anything during my exam but he urged me to go get my blood checked. I did and I was fine.

My new glasses

Having an annual eye exam is not only good to check your eyes but also because it might find other ailments like diabetes. I hadn't had my eyes checked for years and my eye doctor was not happy. He informed me that I should have been getting my eyes checked annually because it is not only good for good eye health but because the eyes can also give indication o other problems. Suffice it to say, I will be scheduling yearly eye exams.

You should be too. Check your health insurance and see if it covers a annual eye check. Many do. Sometimes, you can even find places that offer eye exams at a reduced rate as part of their optical screenings. It is something I put off for years but no longer. In the Latino and African American community it is especially important because diabetes is very prevalent. For more information visit the Latino Visual Health Resources website.

Getting the kids to eye doctor is a must! I remember when I was little I was having eye problems for a few years before the eye doctor found out I needed glasses. My studies suffered and I could not follow what the teacher was writing on the blackboard. Luckily, my parents listened when I talked to them and took me to the eye doctor. I have worn glasses since I was in the 4th grade! Kids don;t always recognize this but an annual eye exam will find any problems. A great resource is the "Eye Didn't Know That" website for kids. Head over and take a look.

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Make sure your eyes and your family's eyes are taken care of this season. Since this is Diabetes Awareness Month, it is a good time to go get your eyes checked, just in case.

This is part of a sponsored campaign with Latina Mom Bloggers and Transitions Optical. However, all opinions expressed are my own.


  1. A yearly eye exam is very important. Thanks for the reminder. I am due for one!

  2. I haven't been to the eye doctor in years! And I wear contacts too.

  3. No choice, going to the opthalmologist has become a yearly thing due to aging!

  4. I have heard about Transitions lens, but did not know about the importance of eye care for a diabetic....or that you can tell from an eye exam if someone is affected by diabetes.

  5. Verify your eyes and your family's eyes are dealt with this season. Since this is diabetes awareness month. It is decent time to go get your eyes checked to be safe.