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Facts about diabetic retinopathy

May 03, 2004

In honor of Healthy Vision Month in May, EyeCare America and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services are offering eye exams and up to one year of treatment at no out-of-pocket cost to qualified seniors threatened with vision loss due to diabetic retinopathy. Volunteer ophthalmologists will accept Medicare and other insurance reimbursement as payment in full.

A leading cause of blindness, diabetic retinopathy is a complication of diabetes that damages the tiny blood vessels inside the retina, according to the National Institutes of Health's National Eye Institute at www.nei.nih.gov on the Web.

In its early stages, diabetic retinopathy usually has no warning signs. But over time, the vision blurs and everyday tasks become more difficult. Vision lost cannot usually be regained.

For more information about free eye exams and follow-up care for qualified senior citizens, call 1-800-272-EYES.

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