The Cherokee Indian Hospital Eye Care and Diabetes programs have joined forces to increase the number of Diabetic Retinopathy (eye exam) screening provided in our community. Their goal is to do 500 exams before June 30.
If you are diabetic and have not had an exam in the last year, come by the Cherokee Eye Care center on Acquoni Road from 8am – 4pm Monday – Thursday, walk-ins welcome. Call 497-9163, ex. 6495 for more information.
You can also visit the Cherokee Diabetes Program – walk-ins welcome on Wednesday mornings and Friday afternoons. Info: 497-9191.
The eye exam takes about 15 minutes, and if you’re diabetic, it can help prevent blindness. Diabetic Retinopathy occurs when there is a weakening or swelling of the tiny blood vessels in the retina or back of your eye, resulting in blood leakage, the growth of new blood vessels and other changes. If diabetic retinopathy is left untreated, blindness can result.
If you are diabetic and get a Diabetic Eye Exam before June 30, you will receive a $5 gift card and be entered to win a new Ipod.