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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.

doctor and patient

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.

Diabeteic eye disease simulation

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.

diabetes website

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.

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