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Preventing Diabetic Eye Disease

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.  

Convenient Diabetes Screening Available at UMass Memorial Eye Center

Annual eye exams are available 5-day a week for adult and pediatric patients of the UMass Diabetes Center of Excellence.  Walk-ins are welcome while already on campus for their diabetes related appointments.   

Juan Ding, OD, PhD,
Dept. of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences:  
As an optometrist, Dr. Ding screens for diabetic eye diseases and provides optometric services at the Eye Center including refraction, and comprehensive eye exams to both adults and pediatric patients. 

Faculty at the University of Massachusetts Medical School not only care for patients, but also conduct research, teach and train tomorrow’s physicians.  Patients benefit from their leading-edge knowledge about eye disease and today’s most advanced treatments.