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Stop Eye Damage: Download NEHEP Tip Sheet for Diabetic Eye Care

OlderAdultEyesThe National Eye Health Education Program (NEHEP) is offering informative tip sheets for people with diabetes that may help them keep their sight. These tip sheets focus on different needs for different ethnic groups. Read below and download (you can cut and paste the link) for the tip sheet that works for you.  - Carol

Diabetes has become an epidemic in the United States. In the past 30 years, diagnosed cases of diabetes have increased more than 30 percent. If diabetes is not managed, it can lead to serious complications, including vision loss and blindness. In fact, diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness among adults ages 20 to 74 years old.

All people with diabetes are at risk of losing vision from diabetic eye disease. However, 95 percent of severe vision loss can be prevented through early detection, timely treatment, and appropriate follow-up.

The National Eye Health Education Program (NEHEP), of the National Eye Institute (NEI), recently launched a tip sheets series, which includes ideas to engage African Americans, American Indians/Alaska Natives, Hispanics/Latinos, and older adults in learning more about diabetic eye disease.

Each tip sheet contains information on diabetic retinopathy as well as suggested educational resources that can be used to educate people about how to protect their vision by having a comprehensive dilated eye exam at least once a year and keeping their health on TRACK. That means: Take your medications as prescribed by your doctor; Reach and maintain a healthy weight; Add more physical activity to your daily routine; Control your ABC’s—A1C, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels; and Kick the smoking habit.

To download the tip sheet series and find other diabetic eye disease resources from NEHEP visit

www.nei.nih.gov/nehep/programs/diabeticeyedisease/educational

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