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Coordinating with other healthcare professionals in the care of diabetic patients allows optometrists to take proactive measures against severe vision loss.

Recent research has shed more light on the intensity of the diabetes epidemic in the US—indicating a 45% increase in the prevalence of the disease among American adults over the past two decades. Like many other specialties in health care, eye care has been ramping up its efforts in diabetes prevention and management. We also have to take a look beyond the eyes of our diabetic patients.

Optimal ocular health and wellness require comprehensive evaluation at appropriate intervals and interprofessional cooperation among providers. Proper control and management of systemic disorders and metabolic abnormalities associated with diabetes influences the onset, progression and visual outcome of diabetic eye disease.

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Joe Pizzimenti
Associate Editor, Systemic Disease for odsonfb.com. Dr. Joseph Pizzimenti is an internationally-recognized speaker and author, and a Fellow of both the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) and the Optometric Retina Society (ORS). He served as ORS President from 2012-2014. Dr. Pizzimenti has completed funded clinical research in the areas of diabetes, age-related macular degeneration, vitreomacular adhesion, and low vision. His scientific articles have appeared in a host of peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Pizzimenti co-authored a chapter on Diabetic Retinopathy in the textbook entitled Diabetes in Black America.

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