COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The theme of this year's World Diabetes Day is "eyes on diabetes," focusing on preventative eye care screening for diabetes patients.
Diabetes is one of the leading causes of blindness in the developed world.
Officials with West Georgia Eye Care say it is important to get annual health screenings as well as eye exams.
"In the diabetic world, the trouble with diabetes is once it gets in the eyes and causes disease it can be really hard to treat, so we want to prevent diabetic eye disease so that we can all save our vision and continue to see well and use that so very vital sense," said Dr. Cynthia Nix, ophthalmologist with West Georgia Eye Care.
Four million people around the world have diabetes, but half of those people have no idea they have the disease.
For more information on World Diabetes Day, visit the official website at this link.