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Diabetes and the Eyes Educational Toolkit

The Diabetes & the Eyes Educational Toolkit offers educational materials on diabetes and the impact of diabetes on eye health

Materials are available in both English and Spanish. These educational resources are intended for healthcare professionals, community health educators, diabetes educators, and anyone in a caregiving or diabetes education role.

Diabetes & the Eyes Educator Course

Diabetes and the Eyes Toolkit Powerpoint

The course equips health educators with important patient education messages about diabetes-related eye disease and strategies for maintaining healthy vision.  It provides education about diabetes-related retinopathy, glaucoma, and cataract, methods for preventing vision loss and promoting vision preservation. Designed to educate individuals living with diabetes as well as populations at highest risk for developing diabetes, the course includes a PowerPoint presentation, a script, pre-post test, and course evaluation form.

Complete the form to access the FREE course. Once you have submitted the request form, you will receive download links to the course files.

Diabetes and Your Eyes factsheet

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    Diabetes & Your Eyes Factsheets

    These downloadable and printable factsheets provide general information on diabetes and vision health; symptoms & risk; diagnosis, treatment & prevention; and mental health designed to educate patients and the public.

    Diabetes & Your Eyes Infographics

    These images can be used in social media and media communications to educate patients and the public. When using these infographic, please post messages with #VisionandDiabetes in English infographics and #VisiónyDiabetes with Spanish infographics. Click the thumbnail images below to display the full-sized infographics. Right-click the full-sized infographics to download them for sharing on social media.

    Diabetes & The Eyes – Infographics (English)

    The number of Americans with diabetes-related retinopathy is expected to nearly double from 2010 to 2050

    Know your ABCs of diabetes to protect your eye health

    What parts of your body can be affected by diabetes?

    Do you have diabetes? Your eyes can be affected.

    Diabetes is one of the most common risk factors for cataracts

    Do you have diabetes? Do you know your risk for diabetes-related retinopathy?

    Diabetes-related eye disease is the leading cause of blindness in working age adults

    Ridk factors for diabetes-related retinopathy include

    Staying healthy will make it easier to manage your diabetes

    Symptoms of diabetes-related retinopathy include

    Vision loss due to diabetes can lead to feelings of depression and anxiety

     La Diabetes y los Ojos – Infografía (en español)

    Desde 2010 a 2050, se espera que la cantidad de estadounidenses

    Conozca estos niveles relacionados con la diabetes en su cuerpo para proteger la salud de sus ojos

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    La diabetes es uno de los factores de riesgo

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    Manterse saludable hara que sea

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    Enfermedades oculares y salud mental relacionadas con la diabetes

    Patient Education Video: Diabetes, Vision Loss, and Mental Wellness

    Patient advocates Serena Valentine, mental health expert Melissa Taussig, and diabetes specialist Lisa Golden share their experiences of vision impairment and the tools they use to remain independent. Ms. Valentine and Ms. Golden are volunteer participants in the Prevent Blindness A.S.P.E.C.T. (Advocacy, Support, Perspective, Empowerment, Communication, and Training) Program, that equips participants with knowledge, skills, and confidence to be advocates for vision and eye health. Close-captioned in English and Spanish.

    Webinar: Diabetes and Your Eyes – A Conversation Around Patient-Centered Care

    Are you living with diabetes and wondered how your health care providers work together to maintain your eyesight? Prevent Blindness hosted this webinar which explains how health care providers coordinate care for persons with diabetes, talk with each other, and consider your needs as a patient.  You will hear from a person living with diabetes who has diabetes-related eye disease, along with leading doctors from throughout the U.S. who care for individuals with diabetes.

    Diabetes & the Eyes Resources

    These resources are designed to support individuals living with diabetes and help them gain access to eye care that they require to maintain healthy vision.  The resources describe common barriers to eye care, ways to navigate the healthcare system, the intricacies of health insurance and eye care, and an overview of eye care assistance resources.

    Additional Resources

    Vision Integration Library: Vision & Eye Health Resource Center

    The Vision Integration Library: Vision & Eye Health Resource Center at Prevent Blindness is a compilation of current resources that can be used by public health, healthcare, and community service providers. It is our goal that these resources enhance or integrate vision and eye health initiatives in public health programming through their use.

    Integrating Vision Programs

    “The Seeing the Way to Better Health” issue briefs series and corresponding infographics target three areas of health where vision and eye health can be incorporated into new and existing health programs – brain health, diabetes, and women’s health. The issue briefs were created to support state, local, and community programs with the integration of vision and eye health strategies into their programming.

    Focus on Eye Health Expert Series: Diabetes and Your Eyes

    Prevent Blindness President and CEO Jeff Todd discusses diabetes-related eye disease with Neil M. Bressler, MD, professor of ophthalmology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Editor in Chief of JAMA Ophthalmology.

    Living Well with Low Vision

    Living Well with Low Vision is an online resource to educate those with loss of vision on how maintain their independence and quality of life.

    A.S.P.E.C.T. Patient Engagement Program

    The A.S.P.E.C.T. (Advocacy, Support, Perspective, Empowerment, Communication, and Training) is a patient empowerment program at Prevent Blindness. The goal of the A.S.P.E.C.T. Program is to empower individuals to be engaged in their eye health from every direction and in every way.

    The Prevent Blindness Diabetes and the Eyes Educational Toolkit is supported by funding from Regeneron and VSP. Prevent Blindness maintains editorial control and independence over educational content.

    Regeneron

    VSP

    Created April 28th, 2020
    Updated March 22, 2022