Senior-eye-healthDid you know that one in four Americans over the age of 65 has been diagnosed with diabetes?  That means millions of Americans are at risk for diabetic retinopathy, a condition that causes diabetes-related vision loss and blindness. This is a significant health issue for our growing senior population.

Fortunately, regular check-ups and care can help keep diabetes-related vision problems in check.  While Medicare benefits cover these eye exams, a surprising number of Medicare beneficiaries who have been diagnosed with diabetes do not get the necessary eye exams they need to stay healthy.

If you receive Medicare benefits and have diabetes, take a look at how you can maximize your benefits – and keep your eyes healthy and strong for life!

  • Ensure that you get an eye exam once per year by an ophthalmologist. These regular eye exams can help your ophthalmologist stay on top of any diabetes-related changes in your vision.  These yearly eye exams are necessary for keeping your eyes healthy, which is why Medicare covers these exams.
  • Find an ophthalmologist who works with patients who have diabetes, particularly in the senior population. While most ophthalmologists have experience treating this eye condition, you want to find the best of the best.  Check online to see if an ophthalmologist has been recognized for his or her work within the community.
  • Make sure that your ophthalmologist accepts your specific Medicare plan. While some plans may cover eye exams, they may not cover additional costs associated with any eye diseases or conditions you might have.  If your plan doesn’t offer you the coverage you need, consider signing up for Medicare Advantage, which offers more benefits than Medicare Part B.
  • Stay on top of your Medicare plan. If you’re not sure of what benefits you could get from your plan, talk to a Medicare specialist.  This way, you’ll have a better understanding of what’s covered – and what you can do to keep your eyes happy and healthy.

Don’t let diabetes rob you of your healthy vision.  If you have diabetes and are looking for an ophthalmologist with a track record of success, schedule a consultation with Dr. Jacqueline Griffiths at NewView Eye Center in Reston, Virginia.  NewView Eye Center serves the greater Washington, D.C. metro area. Call (703) 834-9777 to learn more.