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National Eye Health Education Program (NEHEP)

Diabetic Eye Disease

Help raise awareness about diabetic eye disease

All people with diabetes are at risk for vision loss and blindness from diabetic eye disease. African Americans, American Indians and Alaska Natives, Hispanics/Latinos, and older adults with diabetes are especially at higher risk.

The NEHEP Diabetic Eye Disease Education Program is designed to help you raise awareness about diabetic eye disease among the people you serve. Our educational resources are designed to communicate the following messages that can help prevent vision loss in people at higher risk:

  • Diabetic eye disease often has no early symptoms.
  • People with diabetes need a comprehensive dilated eye examination at least once a year.
  • Early detection, timely treatment, and follow-up are key to preventing vision loss and blindness.

Learn about diabetic eye disease

Learn about diabetic eye disease

What is diabetic eye disease? Why is it important for people with diabetes to have a comprehensive dilated eye exam at least once a year? Get important background information here.

Diabetes and Healthy Eyes Toolkit

Diabetes and Healthy Eyes Toolkit

Find everything you need to hold educational sessions about diabetic eye disease.



Access educational materials, training tools, and other diabetic eye disease resources.

Outreach tools and tips

Outreach tools and tips

Learn how to increase awareness about diabetic eye disease and generate support from your local media.

Watch, listen, and learn

Watch, listen, and learn

Hear from health professionals, community health workers, and people with diabetic eye disease in these videos, webinars, and more.

Social media

Social media

Extend your reach with these messages created especially for social media.