CHICAGO, Aug. 14, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- To educate consumers on the one of the leading causes of vision loss and
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that diabetes is the leading cause of new blindness in adults. According to the Prevent Blindness study, "The Future of Vision: Forecasting the Prevalence and Costs of Vision Problems," more than 8 million Americans have diabetes-related retinopathy. Those numbers are projected to sharply increase in the future by 35 percent to 10.9 million by 2032, and a 63 percent increase to 13.2 million by 2050.
Diabetes-related eye disease refers to a group of eye problems that people with diabetes may face as a complication of the disease including diabetes-related retinopathy and diabetes-related macular edema (DME).
The "Diabetes and the Eyes" toolkit includes:
The English version of the educator course and the factsheets have received Favorably Reviewed Approval from the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE). In addition, these materials were made possible by funding from the Allergan Foundation.
"Diabetes can have a tremendous impact on vision, which affects everything from the ability to work to quality of life," said Jeff Todd, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness. "Thanks to the generous support of the Allergan Foundation, we can educate the public on the steps that can be taken and the resources that are available to help protect the gift of sight."
For more information on the Diabetes and the Eyes program, please visit http://www.preventblindness.org/diabetes-resources. For general eye health information, please call Prevent Blindness at (800) 331-2020 or visit preventblindness.org.
About Prevent Blindness Founded in 1908, Prevent Blindness is the nation's leading volunteer eye health and safety organization dedicated to fighting blindness and saving sight. Focused on promoting a continuum of vision care, Prevent Blindness touches the lives of millions of people each year through public and professional education, advocacy, certified vision screening and training, community and patient service programs and research. These services are made possible through the generous support of the American public. Together with a network of affiliates, Prevent Blindness is committed to eliminating preventable blindness in America. For more information, or to make a contribution to the sight-saving fund, call (800) 331-2020. Or, visit us on the Web at preventblindness.org or facebook.com/preventblindness. ###
SOURCE Prevent Blindness
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