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Eye Health Among Hispanics/Latinos

Hispanic woman picking out glasses at the eye doctor

Hispanic/Latino eye health at a glance

  • Hispanics/Latinos have high rates of eye diseases and conditions like diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma
  • Almost 8 out of 10 Hispanics/Latinos with glaucoma don’t know they have it
  • Too many Hispanics/Latinos aren’t getting regular dilated eye exams

The Hispanic/Latino population in the United States has some of the highest rates of vision loss and blindness caused by eye disease — and unfortunately, these rates are getting higher. Eye diseases and conditions that Hispanic/Latino people are particularly at risk for include diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma.  

The good news is that comprehensive dilated eye exams can find many of these eye diseases early, when they’re often easier to treat. That’s why helping Hispanic/Latino people learn about eye exams and eye disease treatment is important. 

The ¡Ojo con su visión! initiative can help you spread the word about eye health among Hispanics and Latinos in your community. You can help prevent vision loss and blindness! 

Browse NEHEP resources

¡Ojo con su visión! (Watch out for your vision!) is a culturally appropriate educational program for Hispanic/Latino audiences. It’s designed to help you raise awareness among Hispanic/Latino communities about eye health and spread the word about the importance of getting eye exams regularly.

Hand out articles and fact sheets

Our articles and handouts make it easy to spread the word about Hispanic/Latino eye health. You can share them online or print and hand them out in your community.  

Share infocards and infographics

Use these tools to share information about Hispanic/Latino eye health with community members, community leaders, and partner organizations. Print them out to hang in common areas or post them on your website and social media.

Watch videos and webinars

Use our videos and webinars to help people learn about comprehensive dilated eye exams, eye conditions and diseases, and eye health. 

Be part of Hispanic Heritage Month in September

Join the conversation in September — and share information about Hispanic/Latino eye health with your community all year long! 

Hold an event to promote eye health

Get tips for holding events to spread the word about Hispanic/Latino eye health throughout the year.  

Spread the word on social media

We’ve developed social media resources specifically for Hispanic/Latino audiences. Share our social media posts, videos, and infographics to help people in your community learn about eye health.

Work with the media

Partnering with local newspapers, radio stations, and TV networks is a powerful way to reach people in your community — and we have tips and ready-to-use articles that make it easy.  

Lead an information session

We have everything you need, including presentation slides and a speaker’s guide.  

Last updated: September 15, 2022