1 in 3 American adults has it; 1 in 3 don't know it.1
An eye exam might help you see the signs sooner.Get the facts
30.3 million American adults have diabetes.2
One exam might have helped spot it.Find out more
1 in 3 U.S adults who have high cholesterol dont know it.3
Your eye doctor might be able to help.See how
During a comprehensive eye exam, your eye doctor might spot subtle changes in the retina resulting from high blood pressure, a condition also known as hypertensive retinopathy. If your eye doctor notices damage to the blood vessels, fluid build-up under the retina, or nerve damage, be sure to follow up with your primary care physician to get the care you need.4
Diabetes can be a serious condition. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 30 million people in the U.S. have diabetes.2 84.1 million American adults have prediabetes.2 Left untreated, eye diseases, such as retinopathy, cataract and glaucoma, could develop.5 With an eye exam, your eye doctor might be able to catch it early.
More than half of American adults who have high cholesterol aren’t getting treatment for it.3 If you don’t know you have it, you can’t treat it, which can lead to problems. High cholesterol doubles the risk of heart disease.3 During an eye exam, your eye doctor might notice early warning signs, such as a yellowish appearance or signs of plaque in your eye’s blood vessels. But remember, while eye exams are a part of your overall picture of health, they aren’t a substitute for regular physicals performed by your primary care physician.