An affiliation between the University Eye Center and the Diabetes and Endocrine Center, Thyroid Specialists of Michigan
Are you getting your eyes checked EVERY YEAR?
Diabetes can affect your vision in many ways.
Even though these conditions can seriously impair your vision and diabetic retinopathy continues to be a leading cause of blindness in the United States, most people with diabetes have minor cases of eye disease, which require little or no treatment.
Early detection and treatment - Diabetic eye disease often begins with no symptoms, however, an eye care provider can see damage at very early stages. New treatment protocols continue to develop and provide better control of eye disease progression. However, starting treatment at the optimum level is critical. The treatment is designed to prevent loss of vision, it rarely provides recovery of lost vision.
Annual Eye Exams - It is our recommendation (University Eye Center and the Diabetes and Endocrine Center, Thyroid Specialists of Michigan) as well as the recommendation of the American Diabetes Association, American Optometric Association, and the American Medical Association that patients with diabetes obtain a dilated eye exam every year. Improved care for diabetic eye disease has been identified as a national health objective by the government’s Healthy People 2020.
In response to the government challenge to improve eye care for patients with diabetes in West Michigan the Diabetes and Endocrine Center, Thyroid Specialists of Michigan and the University Eye Center have teamed up to provide eye care services at the Saint Mary’s Health Care.
Most major medical insurance programs are accepted, including Medicare and Medicaid. Call our benefits coordinator, Lisa Roach, at 231.591.3833
If you are already getting annual dilated eye exams with your eye doctor, GREAT! However, please make sure that you sign a medical record release and have your eye doctor send a letter to your primary care physician reporting the results.
Steps to take to avoid diabetic eye problems
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Saint Mary's Mercy Medical Center is located in Grand Rapids, MI
Appointments are by referral only. Have your doctor's office contact us at.
Diabetes and Endocrine Center
MCO, Diabetic Eye Clinic
300 Lafayette SE Suite 2045
Grand Rapids, MI 49503