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8/18/2000

National Diabetes Month Eye Initiative

Cheryl A. Thompson

As part of the observance of National Diabetes Month in November, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists encourages its members and other pharmacists practicing in health systems to participate in the National Diabetes Month Eye Initiative.

The National Diabetes Month Eye Initiative is sponsored by the National Eye Health Education Program and the National Institutes of Health's National Eye Institute (NEI). Millions of Americans with diabetes are at risk for diabetic eye disease, a leading cause of blindness among people between the ages of 20 and 74. Diabetic eye disease is a group of eye problems that are often complications of diabetes, including cataracts, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy, the most serious of these conditions. An annual dilated eye examination can result in early detection and treatment to reduce the risk of severe vision loss and blindness. 

The NEI has a free National Diabetes Month Resource Guide that contains a variety of resources and materials that you can use to plan and conduct successful campaign activities. To request a copy of the resource guide, call 1-800-869-2020, or visit NEI's Web site at www.nei.nih.gov