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National Eye Health Education Program (NEHEP)

Diabetic Eye Disease

This program is designed to increase awareness about diabetic eye disease and the need for people with diabetes to have a comprehensive dilated eye exam at least once a year to help prevent vision loss and blindness.

Key Target Audiences: All people with diabetes, especially those at higher risk, including older adults, African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos and American Indians/Alaska Natives.

Key Program Messages:

  • People with diabetes need a comprehensive dilated eye examination at least once a year.
  • Early detection, timely treatment, and appropriate follow-up may prevent vision loss or blindness.

Outreach Opportunities

Additional Resources and Materials

Join health professionals, public health educators, and community organizations in raising awareness about diabetic eye disease by using the resources below.

Materials for Patients and the Public
Share and distribute information to people with diabetes about how they can protect their vision.

For Health Professionals and Community Educators
Educate people with diabetes about diabetic eye disease with the use of these resources in your clinic or other community settings.

Audiovisuals and Graphics
Radio and print public service announcements, simulations and podcasts can be used for educational purposes in a variety of outlets. Our resources are not copyrighted and may be reproduced without permission.

Diabetic Eye Disease Education Website
This website provides a consumer-friendly forum where people can learn important information about early detection, timely treatment, and follow-up care for diabetic eye disease. Available in English and Spanish.