NEHEP has developed educational resources to help you reach African Americans with information about diabetic eye disease. Find more materials to support your educational sessions.

Animation

Watch this animation to learn the important steps that people with diabetes can take to protect their vision from diabetic eye disease.

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 sheet

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.

Social media posts

Here are the Write the Vision social media posts for diabetic eye disease. 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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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.

Do you have friends or loved ones with diabetes? Share this video with tips to help keep their health on track: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VX4w6U-Qs1k

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African American father, son, and mother smiling; the son has one hand on each parent’s cheek. NIH, National Eye Institute. NEHEP, National Eye Health Education Program, a program of the National Institutes of Health.

During National Diabetes Month, learn about the eye health complications that people who have diabetes can get. Vision lost from diabetic eye disease often cannot be restored, but early detection and timely treatment can save sight. Learn more: https://nei.nih.gov/learn-about-eye-health/learn-about-eye-health/eye-conditions-and-diseases/diabetic-retinopathy

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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 until you notice vision problems. Get a dilated eye exam: http://bit.ly/2fYzvrC

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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.

Do you have friends or loved ones with #diabetes? Share this video to help keep their health on track:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VX4w6U-Qs1k

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African American father, son, and mother smiling; the son has one hand on each parent’s cheek. NIH, National Eye Institute. NEHEP, National Eye Health Education Program, a program of the National Institutes of Health.

During National Diabetes Month, learn about the eye health complications that people who have #diabetes can get: https://nei.nih.gov/learn-about-eye-health/learn-about-eye-health/eye-conditions-and-diseases/diabetic-retinopathy

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Last updated: July 16, 2019