According to the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, more than 18.2 million people in the United States have diabetes.
Lexington, Kentucky (PRWEB) June 27, 2013
Kentucky-based independent insurance agency, Professional Insurance Plans, urges individuals with pre-diabetes to visit their optometrist as soon as possible. Recent reports have linked pre-diabetes to vision problems and blindness.
According to the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF), more than 18.2 million people in the United States have diabetes. In addition, 12,000-14,000 people lose their site due to diabetes. "Diabetes is the leading cause of new blindness in people 20 to 74 years of age."
What does this mean for patients who have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes? It means that an eye exam is critical. VSP network doctor Anastasios Fokas, O.D., urges patients to have an exam done right away. "Protecting your eyesight during the early stages of diabetes is critical!" he exclaims. Blindness caused by diabetes could be permanent.
As an insurance provider for optometrists across the nation, Professional Insurance Plans believes it is important to pass this information along to individuals with pre-diabetes, optometrists and the public in general. There are a number of situations in which an individual could be at risk for diabetes, including:
- Senior citizens
- Family history of diabetes
To play it safe, individuals should visit their doctor annually and follow professional advice and guidance. By doing so, he or she may be able to reduce the risk of diabetes.
Professionals in optometry who are interested in hearing more about what is going on in the industry should follow Professional Insurance Plans on various social media accounts, including the agency’s Facebook and Twitter. Industry-related information will be posted, as well as insurance information—from professional liability to workers compensation.
About Professional Insurance Plans:
Professional Insurance Plans has been serving dentist, optometrists and healthcare professionals since 1987. This family-run agency has all the bells and whistles that health care professionals will not find anywhere else. From professional liability to life insurance solutions, the agency has just the services to cater to the unique needs of this specific niche. Though Professional Insurance Plans is located in Lexington, KY, its experienced agents can write policies nationwide and will make it a personal priority to get back to clients as soon as possible.