People with diabetes have a greater risk of glaucoma, cataracts and even blindness. However, most will only suffer minor eye disorders.
According to the American Diabetes Association, those disorders can be managed as long as patients get regular checkups. That’s why Mercy St. Francis Hospital is offering a free Diabetic Retinopathy seminar on Wednesday, April 16.
Dr. W. Patrick Collins with Collins Eye Clinic will be the presenter. He’ll explain the impact of diabetes on the eye, and outline a plan for patients to manage their disorders.
“It’s crucial that every diabetic have a comprehensive eye exam yearly,” stressed Dr. Collins.
The free class begins at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, in the Sister’s Dining Room at Mercy St. Francis Hospital at 100 W. US Highway 60.
No RSVP is required, but you can sign up at the Mercy St. Francis business office or call 417-934-1700. For a free ride, call SMTS at 417-934-1575. Snacks and door prizes will be provided.