diagnosing diabetes during an eye exam

Focusing on Diagnosing Diabetes During Your Eye Exam

October 25, 2022

Focusing on Diagnosing Diabetes During Your Eye Exam

You may already know that regular eye exams are a key component to your overall health routine, and an important part of finding eye diseases early and preserving your vision.1 But what you may not realize is that during a comprehensive dilated eye exam, a licensed optometrist or ophthalmologist may sometimes spot systemic health conditions — such as diabetes — before your primary care doctor does.2  In a study conducted in partnership with Human Capital Management Services (HCMS), VSP® network eye doctors were the first healthcare providers to detect signs of diabetes (34% of the time).3

How is this even possible? Diabetes affects blood vessels, and it is easier for your eye doctor to have an unobstructed view of the back of your eye, your optic nerve, and the blood vessels in your retina during a comprehensive eye exam. In fact, getting this type of eye exam is the only way to visualize the blood vessels behind the eye for issues without an x-ray, CT scan, or invasive surgery.4

Everyone wants to enjoy not only good vision, but good health. And what’s important to you, is important to us as well. Created exclusively for our Delta Dental of Connecticut customers, DeltaVision® is a partnership between Delta Dental of Connecticut and VSP. A national leader in vision benefits and well known for their best-in-class vision program, VSP is the ideal complement to our dental program. DeltaVision plans are currently only available to groups and individuals that have or are purchasing a dental plan from Delta Dental of Connecticut.

DeltaVision offers:

  • The largest network of participating opticians nationwide
  • Innovative benefit programs
  • World-class customer service
  • Extras to support your health and wellness, including additional coverage for members with diabetic eye disease, glaucoma, or age-related macular degeneration.


 At Delta Dental, we love to see you smile. 

For more information about DeltaVision, please visit us at DeltaDentalCT.com/DeltaVision.

1 https://www.cdc.gov/visionhealth/resources/features/keep-eye-on-vision-health.html

2 https://www.cdc.gov/visionhealth/resources/features/keep-eye-on-vision-health.html

3 https://employers.vsphub.com/view-page?an=Eye-care:-A-visible-contribution-to-a-more-secure-retirement

4 https://www.aoa.org/healthy-eyes/caring-for-your-eyes/full-picture-of-eye-health?sso=y