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Diabetes Eye Care

People with diabetes are at risk for diabetic retinopathy, cataract and glaucoma 

Diabetic retinopathy is the most common diabetic eye disease and a leading cause of blindness in American adults.  It's caused by changes in the blood vessels of the retina. 

Early detection is important

There are often no visual symptoms in the early stages of diabetic retinopathy, so the American Optometric Association recommends that everyone with diabetes get a comprehensive dilated eye examination once a year.  Early detection and treatment can limit the potential for significant vision loss from diabetic retinopathy.

Juan Ding, OD, PhD,
Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences:  
As an optometrist, Dr. Ding screens for diabetic eye diseases at the Diabetes Center of Excellence in the Ambulatory Care Center.  

Walk-in diabetes eye exams available

The UMass Diabetes Center of Excellence offers convenient annual eye exams for our patients with diabetes.  Adult and pediatric patients already at the Ambulatory Care Center for diabetes related appointments can simply walk-in to our 5-day a week eye care clinic.  

New appointments can be scheduled by calling 855-UMASS-MD.