Diabetic retinopathy is a serious sight-threatening complication of diabetes. (Photo: Shutterstock)

‘Tis the holiday shopping season—and in addition to gifts for loved ones, many health plan members will look to check end-of-year items off their lists, like spending the remainder of their FSA. While they’re thinking about their end-of-year to dos—and looking forward toward making their 2022 New Year’s Resolutions—health plan partners should be connecting with their members about the benefits of routine eye care.

While routine eye care sounds simple in nature, it can lead to major health discoveries that can allow for early diagnoses and cost savings for both plans and their members. Specifically, diabetic retinopathy is currently the leading cause of blindness in American adults—yet, the American Diabetes Association estimates that more than seven million people aren’t even aware that they have this debilitating disease, which can be diagnosed during a routine eye exam.

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