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Diabetes--no one likes to think about it, but it can affect your eyesight. That's why, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Medicare and the EyeCare America Diabetic Eye Exam Initiative help ophthalmology patients. If you're a Medicare beneficiary, you can have:
* an exam by a local ophthalmologist
* up to one year of covered eye care with no out-of-pocket cost
People with diabetes need to have a dilated eye exam at least once a year. But, you think, diabetes will squash your prospects for laser eye surgery.
Not so. In fact, people with autoimmune disorders such as lupus are generally excluded from treatment, but you can have laser eye surgery as a diabetic if your eye prescription is stable for at least one year and you are not taking any medication to control your blood sugar.
You may not like to think about diabetes, but now is the time to do something about it through ophthalmology, when you're young enough to stop vision problems before they worsen.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|