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Diabetes Awareness



Diabetes and Sight Loss

Diabetes steals sight, takes human limbs, and claims lives! As other diseases dominate the media, diabetes is like a thief in the night. It silently robs millions of people of their ability to live life fully and free from the agony that accompanies this dreaded disease. Diabetic Retinopathy is one of the leading causes of new adult blindness in America. Our program detects this disease as well as many cases of macular degeneration and other retinal disorders.

People with diabetes are at risk of losing their sight due to Diabetic Retinopathy. It is the leading cause of vision loss in working age adults in industrialized countries. 74% of people who have diabetes for 10 years or longer will develop some form of diabetic retinopathy. All people with diabetes, both Type 1 and Type 2 are at risk. That's why everyone with diabetes should get a comprehensive dilated eye exam at least once a year.

Lion Larry Feldhusen from Inglis-Yankeetown Lions Club doing a Retinopathy Retina Screening in Gainesville

Lions Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Program

With these statistics in mind, the Florida Lions Diabetic Retinopathy Foundation is developing a new Diabetic Retinopathy Screening program and needs your help. The Lions Diabetes Awareness Foundation of MD 35, who does the Blood Glucose Screening, has joined with the just formed Florida Lions Diabetic Retinopathy Foundation to include Diabetic Retinopathy Screening. This program is designed to screen people throughout Florida and the Bahamas of Multiple District 35 who are in high-risk categories for Diabetic Retinopathy. These screenings are free and made possible through your Club donations, individual donations, and a grant from our Lions Clubs International Foundation through SightFirst.

Diabetic Retinopathy Screenings are completed through the use of a non-mydriatic camera with digital imaging capability which photographs the retina. These digital images (computer photos) of the retina are reviewed by a physician, specializing in diseases of the retina, who volunteer their services throughout Multiple District 35. Those participants whose photographs exhibit symptoms of retinal diseases are encouraged to seek care from the careophthalmologic physician of their choice.

Lions wishing to join us in our fight against the effects of vision loss should contact the Florida Lions Diabetic Retinopathy Foundation. You can contact Lion Norma Callahan at (386) 479-9896 or email her at lionsretinascreening@yahoo.com if you have any questions.or click here to be redirected to our Lions Diabetic Retinopathy Screening volunteer sign up page.

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