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Fall is always an exceptionally busy time for NEHEP. Hispanic Heritage Month and Healthy Aging Month kicked off this month, preparations are underway for National Diabetes Month, and we’re getting ready for January’s Glaucoma Awareness Month and February’s Low Vision Awareness Month observances—all opportune times to spread the word about eye health.
NEHEP uses observances to share its eye health messaging; however, we also engage in activities year-round to bring eye health information to people where they live, work, play, and pray. Our resources are evergreen and designed for health and community professionals to use throughout the year and to be easily incorporated into outreach activities that many of you are already doing—sharing materials at local health fairs, providing resource libraries in health clinics, posting eye health information on social media and websites, sharing information during faith-based services, working with local media to run eye health stories, teaching diabetes self-management classes, and conducting education workshops at senior centers.
Facilitating awareness about eye health is an important component of making vision a health priority for the nation. In its recent report, Making Eye Health a Population Imperative: Vision for Tomorrow, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, emphasizes the importance of having reliable information to increase the public’s knowledge about eye health, which encourages good eye health practices, behaviors, and policies.
NEHEP offers science-based, audience-tested resources on a variety of topics in English and Spanish, including diabetic eye disease; glaucoma; age-related eye diseases and conditions such as cataract, dry eye, and macular degeneration; and low vision. We’re excited to announce that it’s easier than ever to access all of our information and materials through our newly designed website at www.nei.nih.gov/NEHEP. The new NEHEP pages are user-friendly and designed to help you learn more about the NEHEP program areas, the diseases and conditions they address, and key health education messages and statistics. They provide you with multimedia and other downloadable resources you can use and tips on how to use them in your communities and practices.
Social media continues to play a growing role in health education. To give a greater voice to vision health across a variety of social platforms, NEHEP has created a variety of tools that can help eye health information go viral in a fun and entertaining way. We encourage you to share information from the NEHEP Facebook and Twitter pages and use the following resources throughout the year to support your social media efforts:
- NEHEP Flickr — More than 100 infographics, infocards, and PSAs to share, even ones that are holiday-themed.
- NEI YouTube — Shareable animations, webinars, and videos.
- Prewritten Facebook and Twitter posts on diabetic eye disease, glaucoma, vision and aging, low vision, and bilingual posts for Hispanics/Latinos.
- NEI Pinterest — 30 boards with information on general eye health and safety, eye exams, smoking and vision, healthy eating, and more.
NEHEP offers many digital and social media resources, however, we understand there is a continued need for print materials for many community-based programs. Although our publications warehouse is now closed, we can offer your organization files of our materials to print your own copies, and you can even add your own organization’s logo. All educational materials in our publications catalog can be downloaded, printed, and copied without limit. To continue supporting community-based education programs, NEHEP can still provide bulk print materials from what we have left in inventory, especially materials in Spanish. If you need bulk copies for a community program, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call our communications office at 301–496–5248, and we’ll try our best to provide what you need.
Thank you for all your efforts during observance months and throughout the year that help raise awareness about eye health!
Suber S. Huang, M.D., MBA*
Chair, National Eye Health Education Program (NEHEP) Planning Committee
We are living in a transformative time in the care of people with diabetic eye disease. With November’s National Diabetes Month observance around the corner, it’s a perfect time to discuss a few of the major advances in the treatment of diabetic retinopathy and the prevention of blindness. One promising area is the basic research devoted to understanding how blood vessels become damaged in patients with diabetes.
Retinal capillaries are tiny blood vessels. Endothelial cells line the inside of these tube-like structures. Cells called pericytes form the outer wall. Retinal capillaries have specialized, tight junctions that form a complex barrier, selectively controlling the transfer of large and small molecules through the wall. Basic research has discovered destructive processes that damage retinal blood vessels, such as oxidative stress, glycosylation, and abnormalities in channels called aquaporins, which control the transfer of water through capillary walls. Pericyte damage is a critical part of blood vessel leakage, endothelial cell loss, and the collapse of capillary blood vessels. These events are central in leading to diabetic retinopathy: retinal hemorrhage (bleeding), diabetic macular edema (swelling), ischemia (poor oxygen), and neovascularization (abnormal blood vessel growth). Basic research discoveries help guide future treatments to better preserve vision and improve outcomes.
An estimated 90 percent of blinding retinal complications can be treated. This highlights the critical role of all involved in diabetes care to promote the importance of having a yearly comprehensive dilated eye exam. Stabilization of visual loss and recovery is well documented when blood vessel complications are caught and treated early.
The Diabetic Retinopathy Clinical Research Network (DRCR.net) is a National Eye Institute funded organization focused on developing clinical trials that help answer critical questions in the management of diabetic eye disease. The broadly based network of approximately 700 retina physician investigators provide “real world” patients from all backgrounds and levels of care throughout the country. Using the network, important questions are answered quickly and efficiently including pivotal trials of new medications and treatments. Notable research includes defining how optical coherence tomography imaging can be used; the direct comparison of laser, intravitreal ranibizumab (Lucentis), and steroid (triamcinolone) in the treatment of diabetic macular edema; and the only trial that compared the safety and efficacy of FDA-approved drugs, Lucentis and Eylea, with the much less expensive Avastin (bevacizumab). The findings from these and many other trials provide ophthalmologists with the evidence base to manage the spectrum of diabetic eye disease from mild to the most severe. Currently, intravitreal injection therapy is generally accepted to be superior to laser treatment, which has been the mainstay of treatment for more than 30 years. With rare exception, most treatments have focused only on the final blinding steps of diabetic eye disease. Future therapies will be directed “upstream” to detect early changes and prevent complications before they occur.
Numerous unanswered questions and curiosities exist:
- Are there two forms of diabetes mellitus? One? Three?
- Is the pathogenesis of retinopathy in early onset diabetes the same as in adult-onset?
- Can diabetic retinopathy be reversed?
- What is the role of inflammation in diabetic vascular disease?
- When should we treat diabetic eye disease?
- What options can be developed to reduce the number of injection treatments while improving outcomes?
- Are there genetic determinants that can guide “individualized” treatment of diabetic eye disease?
- How can we intervene earlier and more effectively to reduce blindness from diabetic eye disease?
The most exciting time to be a physician is when we have options to treat a disease’s most dreaded complications and understand how best to slow or even prevent its progression. As we further develop our understanding of how complex diseases cause damage, we must work together to develop useful, efficient, and effective treatments for our patients. We must continue to educate our patients to be advocates for their health, to participate in well-run clinical trials, and if they have diabetes, to get a dilated eye exam at least once a year!
*Author has no financial conflict in this article and does not endorse the use of off-label treatments.
November is National Diabetes Month: Early detection of diabetic eye disease means better treatment outcomes
November is National Diabetes Month, the perfect time to raise awareness about the need for people with diabetes to have dilated eye exams to detect diabetic eye disease early and to remind them how important it is to keep their diabetes under control to prevent the onset or slow the progression of vision complications.
Diabetic eye disease is a complication of diabetes that includes cataract, diabetic retinopathy, and glaucoma, all of which can lead to vision loss or blindness if left untreated. There are often no symptoms in the early stages of diabetic eye disease, but it can be detected before noticeable vision loss occurs. Even more important to note is that 95 percent of severe vision loss from diabetes can be prevented through early detection, timely treatment, and appropriate follow-up. This is especially true for diabetic retinopathy, the most common diabetic eye disease.
For the first time in decades, newer and better treatments for diabetic retinopathy are available. The earlier the disease is detected and that treatment starts, the better the outcomes will be. People don’t have to go blind from diabetes and there are many things they can do to protect their sight.
The National Eye Health Education Program (NEHEP) has many resources available in English and Spanish for you to share with people who have diabetes in your community; with partnering organizations or networks; and with family, friends, and colleagues. You can find them on the NEHEP National Diabetes Month resource page. What follows is a listing of a few resources and ideas about how to use them.
TRACK infographic and animation
In addition to yearly dilated eye exams, people with diabetes should keep their heath on TRACK:
- Take your medications as prescribed by your doctor.
- Reach and maintain a healthy weight.
- Add more physical activity to your daily routine.
- Control your ABC’s—A1C, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels.
- Kick the smoking habit.
Articles for websites, blogs, newsletters, and other publications
These ready-to-use articles contain science-based information to help your readers learn more about diabetic eye disease, new treatments available, and how they can protect their sight.
Diabetic Eye Disease infographics and infocards
Share infographics or infocards that provide at-a-glance information on diabetic eye disease, prevalence rates, risk factors, and how people can protect their vision if they have diabetes. You can link to these infographics from your social media outlets or add them to an article, story, newsletter, or website.
Diabetic Eye Disease social media resources
Visit our Pinterest board on diabetic eye disease to find a variety of resources from NEHEP and its partners that you can share. Use our social media toolkit and ready-to-post Facebook and Twitter messages that you can copy and share on your pages. Visit our YouTube channel to find videos that show how a comprehensive dilated eye exam detects diabetic retinopathy, how a community health worker uses the NEHEP Diabetes and Healthy Eyes Toolkit, or what people with diabetes know about their eyes.
Diabetes and Healthy Eyes Toolkit and Online Training Course
Use the Diabetes and Healthy Eyes Toolkit to address diabetic eye disease in diabetes self-management classes or community workshops. An online tutorial will guide you step-by-step on how to use the toolkit and all of its components. Everything you need to know about diabetic eye disease and how to conduct an educational session is in the tutorial, including interactive features like knowledge checks and downloadable materials.
For more resources and ideas for raising awareness about diabetic eye disease in your community, visit https://www.nei.nih.gov/nehep/NDM.
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine release report on public health impact of vision impairment
Despite the importance of eyesight, millions of people grapple with undiagnosed or untreated vision impairments—ranging from mild conditions to total blindness—and eye and vision health remain relatively absent from national health priority lists, says a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The report calls for transforming vision impairments from common to rare and eliminating correctable and avoidable vision impairments in the United States by 2030.
Although there are no reliable data on the total number of people affected by all causes of vision impairment in the United States, one model estimates that more than 142 million Americans over the age of 40 experience vision problems. Uncorrected or undiagnosed refractive errors affect between 8.2 million and 15.9 million people in the United States, including millions of children who are at risk for many long-term academic, social, and physical problems without appropriate care. Uncorrectable vision impairment could double by 2050 due, in part, to the aging population, unless efforts are made to slow the progression and severity of many common age-related eye diseases and conditions such as age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, and glaucoma, the report says. The committee that carried out the study and wrote the report found that vision loss can also amplify the adverse effects of other chronic illnesses and is associated with an increased risk of death from injuries and other causes.
The report calls for a population-health approach that promotes eye and vision health beyond the clinical setting, with an emphasis on minimizing preventable and uncorrected impairment. Reducing the burden of visual impairment and disparities begins with addressing many social and environmental factors that affect overall health—such as health literacy and access to safe work and play environments—as part of concerted efforts to build healthy communities. Preventing vision-threatening injuries, infections, and underlying chronic diseases such as diabetes can reduce the need for treatment.
The economic impact of vision loss on individuals and society is substantial. Early diagnosis and appropriate access to high-quality treatment could improve the trajectory of modifiable, correctable, and uncorrectable vision impairment and reduce associated costs, the report says. However, many public and private health insurance coverage policies, including Medicare, exclude eye examinations for asymptomatic or low-risk patients, corrective lenses, and visual assistive devices. Thus, many people must purchase additional vision insurance or shoulder costs out of pocket, exacerbating overall health inequities among populations least able to afford care.
A number of factors impede focused and sustained programmatic investment in promoting eye and vision health, including the segregation of eye care from the rest of medicine, fragmentation within the eye care system, and a lack of coordination across and within federal entities. “For far too long, eye health has received inadequate public health attention despite good vision being essential to most people’s overall health and well-being,” said Steven Teutsch, chair of the committee and former chief science officer, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. “We need a comprehensive approach to eye health that emphasizes education and prevention, equitable and easily accessible care, and coordination in treating and managing chronic eye conditions and vision impairment in ways that help people to live full, productive lives.”
The committee recommended that the secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issue a nationwide call to action to reduce vision impairment across the lifespan of people in the United States, with specific goals to eliminate correctable and avoidable vision impairment by 2030, delay the onset and progression of unavoidable chronic eye diseases and conditions, minimize the impact of chronic vision impairment, and achieve eye and vision health equity by improving care in underserved populations. Additionally, the secretary should collaborate with other federal agencies, nonprofit and for-profit organizations, professional organizations, employers, public health agencies, and the media, to launch a coordinated public awareness campaign that promotes eye health policies and practices across all age groups.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) should develop a comprehensive surveillance system for eye and vision health to better document the epidemiological patterns, risk factors, care patterns, and costs associated with vision loss. Surveillance should be coupled with a common research agenda and coordinated research and demonstration grant programs that target eye conditions and diseases that contribute the greatest public health burden. The resulting evidence would allow health care professionals and public health decision makers to better understand the nature and extent of the public health burden, risk factors, and at-risk populations, and also to target effective policies, practices, and interventions.
There are marked discrepancies in current guidelines for care of people who do not show symptoms of poor eye health, the committee found. HHS should convene one or more panels, with professional organizations and other knowledgeable parties, to develop a single set of evidence-based clinical and rehabilitation practice guidelines and measures to be used by eye-care professionals, other care providers, and public health professionals to prevent, screen for, detect, monitor, diagnose, and treat eye and vision problems, the report says. These guidelines should drive payment policies, including coverage determinations for corrective lenses and visual assistive devices following a diagnosed medical condition.
In the absence of federal directives and programs to advance eye and vision health, state and local public health departments struggle to incorporate eye and vision health as a programmatic focus, the committee said. To build state and local public health capacity, CDC should prioritize and expand its vision grant program in partnership with state-based chronic disease programs and other clinical and non-clinical stakeholders. Moreover, communities should work with state and local health departments to translate a broad national agenda into well-defined actions, policies, environments, and other social conditions that account for a community’s needs, resources, and cultural identity.
The study was sponsored by the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Academy of Optometry, American Optometric Association, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, CDC, National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research, National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health, National Eye Institute, Prevent Blindness, and Research to Prevent Blindness. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine are private, nonprofit institutions that provide independent, objective analysis and advice to the nation to solve complex problems and inform public policy decisions related to science, technology, and medicine. The Academies operate under an 1863 congressional charter to the National Academy of Sciences, signed by President Lincoln. For more information, visit http://national-academies.org.
Prevent Blindness recently launched The Focus Initiative, a virtual forum for those working in vision and public health. The Initiative expands upon the existing annual Focus on Eye Health National Summit by capturing the philosophy and energy of that single-day event and expanding it into an ongoing year-round experience. This professional network encourages sharing resources among the vision and public health community. The Focus Initiative encompasses more than just the Focus on Eye Health National Summit and includes webinars, a LinkedIn group, public health resources and reports, research grants, professional recognition, and training resources.
To view the wealth of information and resources, visit www.preventblindness.org/focus. The LinkedIn group will encourage sharing of new research, information, and events among the vision and public health community. To join, visit www.preventblindness.org/linkedin.
Lighthouse Guild and Royal National Institute of Blind People collaborate to empower people who are visually impaired
The Lighthouse Guild, based in New York, and the Royal National Institute of Blind People in the United Kingdom are collaborating to provide information, education, and discussion opportunities related to blindness and low vision.
The first project in this international collaboration will allow the voices of young adults who are blind or visually impaired to be heard as they share a dialog on digital, work, and travel topics.
To initiate this project, Lighthouse Guild and the Royal National Institute of Blind People will establish a joint virtual panel discussion, including three panelists from each organization. The panel discussion will be made available as a short, 10-minute “discussion starter” broadcast across social media from which feedback and comments will be solicited. The feedback will be collected and included in a longer one-hour program that will be made available as a broadcast, click-and-play online, as well as podcasts on both organizations’ websites.
Mark Ackermann, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Lighthouse Guild, said, “People of all ages who are blind or visually impaired can often feel voiceless in a world that is designed for those who are sighted. This international collaboration will not only help make their voices heard, but it will offer them the opportunity to share experiences, empower each other, and educate all of us.”
Lesley-Anne Alexander, Chief Executive of Royal National Institute of Blind People, said, “Our goal is to create an exciting and valuable conversation between young blind and partially sighted people in the UK and USA that focuses on topics relevant to them. This is a first step in a collaboration in which we and Lighthouse Guild bring blind and partially sighted people together across the Atlantic.”
The Lighthouse Guild is a not-for-profit vision and healthcare organization with a long history of addressing the needs of people who are blind or visually impaired, including those with multiple disabilities or chronic medical conditions. For more information, visit http://www.lighthouseguild.org.
The Royal National Institute of Blind People supports more than 2 million people in the United Kingdom affected by vision loss. Visit www.rnib.org.uk.
For more information on the joint project, contact Bryan Dotson at 917–796–8632 or email@example.com.
Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) is continuing its research initiative to address urgent needs in understanding and treating low vision. The $1.4 million initiative involves funding partnerships with Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF), Reader’s Digest Partners for Sight Foundation (RDPSF), and the Consumer Technology Association™ Foundation (CTAF). Low vision is among the 10 most common causes of disability in the United States, affecting an estimated 3 million people.
“Low vision is a major, neglected, and specific condition with a variety of causes and a common outcome—permanently reduced vision that cannot be improved with regular eyeglasses, contact lenses, medicine, or surgery, causing difficulty in everyday activities of living, such as reading, walking, and making a meal,” says RPB President Brian F. Hofland, Ph.D. “With these grants we are asking leading scientists to address low vision issues with the goal of expanding key knowledge, developing new treatment approaches, and generating technology solutions to enhance vision for those with some remaining sight.”
These partnership grants are intended to provide seed funding for innovative, cutting-edge, and collaborative research that demonstrates out-of-the-box thinking.
The $300,000 RPB/Lions Clubs International Foundation Low Vision Research Award, to be awarded annually for the next two years, targets damage to the visual system. “RPB and LCIF were also partners in the past in the effort that created the NEI,” says Hofland. “We are extremely pleased to be working together again to target fundamental gaps in current knowledge in the field of low vision.”
Awardees are challenged to tackle the following issues: What happens to degraded visual input and how is it processed? What are the adaptive strategies in the visual pathway in response to visual impairment? How does the brain re-organize itself in response to visual system damage? How can the visibility of objects be enhanced?
“LCIF has a long history of supporting those who are blind and working to avoid preventable blindness,” says Dr. Jitsuhiro Yamada, chairperson, LCIF Board of Trustees. “Our research grant partnership with RPB allows LCIF to extend our impact while remaining true to one of our primary goals—protecting sight. Together with RPB, we hope to continue learning more about blindness and find new ways to prevent it.”
The Innovations in Technology Low Vision Research Award, sponsored by RPB in partnership with RDPSF and CTAF, will provide up to $100,000 over one year for each award to promote development of assistive devices for persons with low vision. The award will support solutions for persons with remaining functional vision rather than those who are totally blind, with a focus on mobile and/or wearable innovations that can be implemented on multiple platforms, such as electronic tablets or phones. It will also support environmental adaptations that can improve a visually impaired individual’s ability to perform activities of daily living.
The Innovations in Technology Low Vision Research Award preliminary applications are due October 17, 2016. RPB/LCIF award nominations are due no later than December 15. Applications will be initially evaluated by review committees drawn from RPB and sponsoring partners based on innovation and potential significance for the low vision field and on a candidate’s qualifications to carry out the proposed research. Guidelines, application forms, and grant contact information are available at www.rpbusa.org in the Grants & Research section under Low Vision Research Awards.
The National Optometric Association (NOA), a leader in the cause of improving the quality and accessibility of eye care in minority and underserved communities, has partnered with Transitions Optical, Inc., to advance the eye health of minority populations. Through this new partnership, the organizations are combining efforts to provide ongoing education and resources to better serve the growing diverse patient population.
Among their recent efforts was a panel discussion, “Multicultural Millennial Matters,” held at the NOA Convention in Chicago. The panel reflected diverse ethnic backgrounds and included optometrists and an ophthalmologist. Joining in the discussion were Edwin Marshall, O.D., M.S., M.P.H., Professor Emeritus of Optometry, and Former Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs at Indiana University, and Vincent K. Young, M.D., Chairman of the Division of Ophthalmology at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. Topics included the key attributes of multicultural millennials and the unique eye health needs of minority populations.
As part of the partnership, NOA has cobranded Transitions Optical’s popular “What to Expect” brochure series. Newly refreshed with information and statistics relevant to the largest and fastest-growing ethnic groups in the United States, the brochures are designed to educate patients about their unique risks at different life stages and to encourage them to take charge of their eye health. The brochures available include:
- Adult Eyes
- Kids Eyes
- African American Eyes
- Hispanic Eyes (English and Spanish)
The “What to Expect” series is available through the NOA website, as well as NOA’s “Three Silent Killers” education brochures, aimed at reducing visual impairment from diabetic eye disease, hypertension, and glaucoma through education, awareness, and community outreach.
The National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), recently launched a new Facebook page. The page features easy-to-understand health information for older adults and their friends, families, and caregivers. NIA is encouraging other NEHEP partners to “like” the page for healthy aging tips, exercise ideas, caregiving resources, and information on common conditions affecting older people.
NIA was established to improve the health and well-being of older people through research. It conducts and supports basic, clinical, and social and behavioral research on aging and the special problems and needs of older people.
Follow NIA on Facebook and share NIA posts and news with your networks. The following are some sample posts you can use to help promote the new NIA Facebook page:
- The National Institute on Aging at the NIH is now on Facebook! Like its page for exercise tips, healthy eating info, and tools for preventing and managing common diseases and conditions in older adults: www.facebook.com/NIHAging
- The National Institute on Aging is now on Facebook! Find healthy aging tips, exercise ideas, and info on common conditions affecting older adults here: www.facebook.com/NIHAging
The Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington (POB) opened its new headquarters on Capitol Hill this summer. The new facility will help POB expand its outreach, continue in its mission to prevent loss of vision, and empower those with vision loss to make the most of the sight they have.
Founded in 1936 by May B. Vories and Dr. William H. Wilmer of the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins, POB is dedicated to the improvement and preservation of sight by providing services, education, advocacy, and innovation.
Each year, POB screens 8,000 children for vision loss and strabismus and thousands of adults for glaucoma. The organization operates an eyeglasses clinic that provides affordable eyeglasses to low-income and homeless community members. In addition, it sponsors the Aging Eye, Macular Degeneration, and Stargardt’s networks, which provide free public programs and support groups.
POB also operates a Low Vision Learning Center in Alexandria, Va., which provides personalized vision rehabilitation to help individuals with low vision retain their independence. The new headquarters features space for POB to open a second Low Vision Learning Center to provide the DC community with this important service. Low vision specialist Stephanie Chen, O.D., is joining Suleiman Alibhai, O.D., the director of POB’s Low Vision Learning Center, to introduce the new center to area ophthalmologists and residents.
POB’s new facility also features a lecture hall, which will allow POB and guest lecturers to host vision research updates, low vision town hall discussions, and support group meetings.
Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology hosts 44th Annual Continuing Education program
The Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO) is hosting its 44th Annual Continuing Education (ACE) program October 14–16 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago Hotel in Chicago, Ill. This year, the ACE program has been streamlined into three days of comprehensive training, learning, and networking.
Some of the new features of the ACE program include a longer preregistration period, introductory workshop lectures being hosted online at www.EyeCareCE.org, and more than 40 new, intermediate to advanced-level courses for the seasoned professional.
Ian Crozier, M.D., and Steven Yeh, M.D., will present the 2016 Harold A. Stein Lecture. Drs. Crozier and Yeh will share their perspectives on Dr. Crozier’s long, brutal fight with Ebola and his subsequent vision-threatening condition from the virus.
The ACE program offers more than 150 hours of lectures in 23 different subject categories and more than 70 hours of hands-on workshops and wet labs. Four subspecialty sessions are being held—Retina, Practice Management, Scribing, and Glaucoma. In addition to earning JCAHPO continuing education credits, attendees can earn credits from the American Orthoptic Council, the Ophthalmic Photographers’ Society, and the California Board of Registered Nursing.
During the ACE program, the Association of Technical Personnel will be hosting its 31st Annual Scientific Session and Grand Rounds, certification exam review sessions, and new this year, a Train-the-Trainer session, which will be moderated by a panel of speakers with years of training experience.
Each year at its annual meeting, the American Academy of Optometry recognizes distinguished individuals who have made countless contributions to advancing the profession of optometry.
All award recipients have made contributions of extraordinary significance to patient care, research, or service. The Academy, whose mission is education, research, clinical care, and service, takes great pride in honoring these distinguished professionals.
This year, the Academy is pleased to recognize six international awardees among the award recipients, representing China, Australia, Germany, United Kingdom, and South Africa. Congratulations to the following 2016 award recipients:
Martin S. Banks, Ph.D., M.A.
Charles F. Prentice Medal and Lecture Award
Erica Fletcher, O.D., Ph.D., FAAO
Glenn A. Fry Award and Lecture (American Optometric Foundation Award)
Nimesh Patel, O.D., Ph.D., FAAO
Irvin M. and Beatrice Borish Award
Wolfgang Cagnolati, M.S., D.Sc., FAAO
AAO-Essilor Award for Outstanding International Contributions to Optometry
Rachel “Stacey” Coulter, O.D., FAAO
William Feinbloom Award
Kelly Moore, O.D., M.S.
Julius F. Neumueller Award in Optics (American Optometric Foundation Award)
Richard London, O.D., M.A., FAAO
Vincent Ellerbrock Clinician Educator Award
Anthony J. Adams, O.D., Ph.D., FAAO, and Thomas L. Lewis, O.D., Ph.D., FAAO
Life Fellow Award
Ying Hon, B.Sc.(Hons)Optom, and Andrew K. C. Lam, Ph.D., M.Phil., FAAO
Garland W. Clay Award
Timothy B. Edrington, O.D., M.S., FAAO
Michael G. Harris Award for Excellence in Optometric Education (American Optometric Foundation Award)
Awards of the Section on Cornea, Contact Lenses, and Refractive Technologies
Perry Rosenthal, M.D.
Max Schapero Memorial Lecture Award
Alan Tomlinson, M.Sc., Ph.D., D.Sc.
Award of the Public Health and Environmental Vision Section
Kovin Naidoo, O.D., Ph.D., FAAO
Henry B. Peters Memorial Award in Public Health and Environmental Vision (American Optometric Foundation Award)
Award winners will be recognized at the Academy 2016 Anaheim Awards Ceremony on Friday, November 11, 8:00 a.m., in Ballroom E of the Anaheim Convention Center. Cornea, Contact Lenses, and Refractive Technologies award recipients will be honored at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 9, in Room 207 A-D. The Henry B. Peters Memorial Award will be given on Thursday, November 10, at 4:30 p.m. in Room 205 AB. Full descriptions of the awards can be found at http://www.aaopt.org/fellows/awards.
The American Academy of Optometry’s annual meeting, Academy 2016 Anaheim, will take place November 9–12, 2016, at the Anaheim Convention Center in California. For more information, visit http://www.aaopt.org/regsite.
Health literacy training is essential for anyone who works on health information with the intent to influence positive behavior changes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Health Literacy website has training materials produced by CDC as well as references to reliable training sources outside CDC. Visit the Training from Organizations other than CDC webpage to find the following online training:
- Health Literacy
- Plain Language
- Culture and Communication
- Consumer and Patient Skill Building
- Shared Decision-Making
Whether you are new to these topics, need a refresher, or want to train others, you will find a variety of training options in the “Find Training” portion of the website.
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) is focused on research to prevent, cure, and manage diabetes; deliver services to hundreds of communities; provide objective and credible information; and give voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, the Association’s mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.
The ADA supports a variety of research activities involved in learning more about the causes of diabetes, its treatment, factors leading to complications from the disease, and, ultimately, a cure. Offering information in English and Spanish on types 1 and 2 diabetes, the ADA engages in a wide variety of activities to improve the quality of life for people with the disease by providing educational programs and publications; informing the public about the risk factors, the warning signs, and the seriousness of diabetes; and keeping health professionals up-to-date on the latest developments in diabetes treatment through professional education programs and journals. The organization also participates in advocacy efforts that involve increasing public awareness and improving health care and the lives of everyone affected by diabetes.
As a National Eye Health Education Program (NEHEP) Partnership organization, ADA collaborates with NEHEP to promote eye health education as it relates to diabetes. Diabetic retinopathy, the most common diabetic eye disease, is the leading cause of vision loss and blindness in adults 20–74 years of age. Nearly 7.7 million people age 40 and older have diabetic retinopathy, and this number is projected to increase to more than 11 million by 2030.
The two organizations are planning a Facebook Live event on October 12 at 2:30 p.m. ET to discuss how people with diabetes can protect their vision. Dr. Emily Chew, a retina expert and Deputy Director of the National Eye Institute’s Division of Epidemiology and Clinical Applications, and Sacha Uelmen, RDN, CDE, Director of Nutrition at ADA, will serve as subject matter experts and be available to answer questions. Log in to Facebook on October 12 and visit the ADA’s page to see the live event.
For more information on ADA and the programs and services it offers, visit http://www.diabetes.org.
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