Write the Vision provides resources with a specific focus and theme that corresponds with the time of year. Use these resources in your community outreach to educate African Americans about the importance of comprehensive dilated eye exams.

Looking forward to the sights of summer?

Don’t get blindsided by diabetic eye disease.
Making plans for a summer holiday can be exciting, and ensuring your getaway goes smoothly is an important part. Equally important to enjoying that well-deserved retreat is not getting blindsided by diabetic eye disease.

People with diabetes are at risk for diabetic eye disease, which has no symptoms in its early stages. The only way to stay ahead of this disease is to get a comprehensive dilated eye exam at least once a year to diagnose and treat it early, before noticeable vision loss occurs. Early detection and treatment are key to saving sight.

Help your community enjoy a healthy summer vacation this year and for years to come. Share this important message by distributing the following materials:

Article

Use this article in any of your publications or newsletters to educate people about eye health. You can copy and paste the text into a new document or download and use the file as is.

Fact sheets

Find information and tips to help you communicate important eye health messages to African Americans.

Slides/flyers

Please share these slides/flyers with the people in your community. Include them in presentations and weekly congregational announcements, place in common areas, and post on your website and social media pages.

Featured resource

Check out our July eye health feature, the Don’t lose sight of diabetic eye disease fact sheet (PDF 494.64 KB).

Social media posts for July

Here are the Write the Vision social media posts for July. We hope you are as excited as we are to share them. Get the word out in the community by sharing these posts about healthy vision. Join the national conversation by using the hashtag #MyHealthyEyes. 

Facebook posts

Diabetic eye disease. What is it? It refers to eye problems people with diabetes may have. These include: Cataract, Clouding of the lens of the eye; diabetic retinopathy, damage to blood vessels in the retina; and glaucoma, damage to the optic nerve. There are often NO early warning signs.

Diabetic eye disease is a group of diseases that includes cataract, diabetic retinopathy, and glaucoma. They often have no early symptoms. If you have diabetes, don’t wait until you notice problems to have an eye exam. Get a comprehensive dilated eye exam at least once a year: https://nei.nih.gov/learn-about-eye-health/eye-conditions-and-diseases/diabetic-retinopathy

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Infocard:  If you have diabetes, keep your health on…TRACK T-take your medications as prescribed by your doctor. R-reach and maintain a healthy weight. A-add more [physical activity to your daily routine. C-control your ABC’s A1C, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels. K-kick the smoking habit. Website URL www.nei.nih.gov/diabetes. Logo NIH National Eye Institute. Logo National Eye Health Education Program, a program of the National Institutes of Health.

African Americans are at higher risk for developing diabetes and eye health complications such as diabetic eye disease. If you have diabetes, keep your health on TRACK: Take your medication. Reach and maintain a healthy weight. Add physical activity to your daily routine. Control your blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol. Kick the smoking habit. Learn more: http://bit.ly/2fYzvrC

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Twitter posts

Diabetic eye disease. What is it? It refers to eye problems people with diabetes may have. These include: Cataract, Clouding of the lens of the eye; diabetic retinopathy, damage to blood vessels in the retina; and glaucoma, damage to the optic nerve. There are often NO early warning signs.

African Americans are at higher risk for #diabetes & eye problems like #DiabeticEyeDisease: https://nei.nih.gov/learn-about-eye-health/eye-conditions-and-diseases/diabetic-retinopathy

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Infocard:  If you have diabetes, keep your health on…TRACK T-take your medications as prescribed by your doctor. R-reach and maintain a healthy weight. A-add more [physical activity to your daily routine. C-control your ABC’s A1C, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels. K-kick the smoking habit. Website URL www.nei.nih.gov/diabetes. Logo NIH National Eye Institute. Logo National Eye Health Education Program, a program of the National Institutes of Health.

#DiabeticEyeDisease has no early symptoms. Don’t wait. Get a dilated eye exam at least once a year: http://bit.ly/2fYzvrC

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Last updated: July 18, 2019