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Diabetic eye disease education can help prevent blindness  

Diabetic retinopathy, the most common diabetic eye disease, is the leading cause of blindness in adults 20–74 years of age. According to the National Eye Institute (NEI), 7.7 million people age 40 and older have diabetic retinopathy and it is projected to increase to approximately 11 million people by 2030. While all people with diabetes can develop diabetic eye disease, African Americans, American Indians/Alaska Natives, Hispanics/Latinos, and older adults with diabetes are at higher risk of losing vision or going blind from it. The good news is that with early detection, timely treatment, and appropriate follow-up, the risk of vision loss and blindness from diabetes can be dramatically reduced. In preparation for Hispanic Heritage Month in September and Take a Love One to the Doctor Day in October, the National Eye Health Education Program (NEHEP) of the NEI invites you to order free resources to educate people with diabetes about diabetic eye disease and the importance of getting a comprehensive dilated eye exam at least once a year. To find resources and ideas to help you plan diabetic eye disease education activities, please visit the NEHEP Website at  If you have any questions or would like to receive bulk materials, please e-mail NEHEP Director Neyal Ammary-Risch at