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Diabetic eye disease educator program goes live

April 24, 2012

a diabetic tests his blood sugar levelPrevent Blindness America is pleased to announce the availability of its Diabetic Eye Disease Educator Program online. At no cost, health professionals and outreach personnel may visit to learn about the visual system as well as the signs, symptoms and complications of the secondary vision-related diseases of diabetes – diabetic retinopathy, cataracts and glaucoma.

Today, more than 27 million adults and children in the United States have some form of diabetes. And, more than 57 million Americans have pre-diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association.  

In fact, diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness in adults 20-74 years of age. According to PBA’s “Economic Impact of Vision Problems: The Toll of Major Adult Eye Disorders, Visual Impairment, and Blindness on the U.S. Economy” study, diabetic retinopathy costs $490 million annually in direct costs for outpatient, inpatient and prescription drug services.

In response to these alarming statistics, the PBA Diabetic Eye Disease Educator Program, developed with support from the Allergan Foundation and Abbott Medical Optics (AMO), was created as a self-guided web-based course that equips health educators with important patient and client education messages about diabetic eye disease and strategies for maintaining healthy vision that can be delivered through health outreach programs of community health centers, health departments, medical practices, and civic and faith-based organizations to those who are diabetic as well as populations at highest risk for developing diabetes, including African-Americans, Hispanics and Latinos.

Upon successful completion of the Diabetic Eye Disease Educator Course and post-test, participants will receive a certificate and patient education materials, and will be able to begin to implement the Education Program into their facilities and programs.

“Diabetes is an enormous health crisis that our country is facing today,” said Hugh R. Parry, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness America.  “By offering this tool to those who are on the front lines of helping the public with their health needs, we hope we can work together to educate adults on the relationship between diabetes and eye disease as well as steps that can be taken today to protect vision tomorrow.”

The online course, participant guide and patient education fact sheets are available in English and Spanish.  Please go to to learn more or call PBA at (800) 331-2020.

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