Vision Bridge2Health These conditions are progressive and usually affect both eyes. All diabetics, types 1 and 2, are at risk. According to the National Eye Institute, between 40% and 45% of Americans diagnosed with diabetes have some stage of diabetic retinopathy. 3 Diabetic retinopathy has no warning signs until there is a loss of vision. All patients with newly diagnosed diabetes should receive a comprehensive dilated eye exam. The only way to prevent or slow the progression of diabetic eye problems is to: • Have a dilated eye exam at least once per year • Discuss all vision changes with your eye doctor • Follow your diabetic diet and exercise plan. Better control of blood sugar slows the onset and progression of diabetic retinopathy • Take your medicine and check your blood sugar regularly • Stop smoking — smoking is associated with diabetic retinopathy Bridge2Health is our approach to health care benefits. Through Bridge2Health, we empower our members to improve their overall health through health and wellness education, information and tips. 1 2 3 http://www.nei.nih.gov/news/pressreleases/041204.asp http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/diabetes-statistics/ http://www.nei.nih.gov/health/diabetic/retinopathy.asp#1b More information is also available at http://www.cdc.gov/visionhealth/ UnitedHealthcare Vision® coverage provided by or through UnitedHealthcare Insurance Company, located in Hartford, Connecticut, or its affiliates. Administrative services provided by Spectera, Inc., United HealthCare Services, Inc. or their affiliates. Plans sold in Texas use policy form number VPOL.06 and associated COC form number VCOC.INT.06.TX. 100-10443 01/12 ©2012 United HealthCare Services, Inc.