No-cost Toolkit Provides Variety of Materials in English and Spanish to Educate the Public on the Effects of Diabetes on Vision and Eye Health
To educate consumers on the one of the leading causes of vision loss and blindness, Prevent Blindness has created a new resource, the “Diabetes and the Eyes” toolkit. Materials are available in both English and Spanish.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that diabetes is the leading cause of new blindness in adults. According to the Prevent Blindness study, “The Future of Vision: Forecasting the Prevalence and Costs of Vision Problems,” more than 8 million Americans have diabetes-related retinopathy. Those numbers are projected to sharply increase in the future by 35 percent to 10.9 million by 2032, and a 63 percent increase to 13.2 million by 2050.
Diabetes-related eye disease refers to a group of eye problems that people with diabetes may face as a complication of the disease including diabetes-related retinopathy and diabetes-related macular edema (DME).
The “Diabetes and the Eyes” toolkit includes:
The English version of the educator course and the factsheets have received Favorably Reviewed Approval from the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE). In addition, these materials were made possible by funding from the Allergan Foundation.
“Diabetes can have a tremendous impact on vision, which affects everything from the ability to work to quality of life,” said Jeff Todd, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness. “Thanks to the generous support of the Allergan Foundation, we can educate the public on the steps that can be taken and the resources that are available to help protect the gift of sight.”
For more information on the Diabetes and the Eyes program, please visit www.preventblindness.org/diabetes-resources. For general eye health information, please call Prevent Blindness at (800) 331-2020 or visit preventblindness.org.