Healthy Vision Month
Introducing Healthy Vision Month 2021: The Next Step Eye Challenge
Sight: the most powerful human sense. Without it, our lives and our perception of the world around us would change in more ways than we can imagine. Protecting and maintaining optimum eye health is vital––especially for those affected by diabetes. In fact, new research suggests that diabetes-related vision and blindness complications are predicted to almost double by 2030. The good news—95% of diabetes-related eye disease is preventable. Even if you or someone you know has experienced vision loss due to diabetes, it’s never too late to make positive changes. It all starts with the next step.
Join Us, Take Action
To mark Healthy Vision Month this May, we are launching The Next Step Eye Challenge to raise awareness of diabetes-related eye disease and share the easy steps people can take to ensure better eye health. We believe that knowledge really is power. So, for the next month, we are presenting weekly challenges and events through four actionable pillars:
We intend to educate people with diabetes by providing them with the information they need to take control of their own eye health, including advice from trusted health professionals.
- May 5 at 12:30 p.m. ET: Healthy Vision Month Media Roundtable hosted by VSP® Vision Care and Regeneron®.
- May 7 at 7:00 p.m. ET: Join us on Zoom for Eye Health Family TriviaNight.
- May 11 at 6:00 p.m. ET: Eye Health Q&A with Dr. Ninita Brown.
We aim to empower each other by exchanging stories and listening to personal insights from our Focus on Diabetes™ Champions.
- May 11 at 6:00 p.m. ET: Join us in our Facebook group for a live chat.
- May 13 from 1:30–2 p.m. ET: Join our live Twitter chat with the National Eye Institute @AmDiabetesAssn.
- May 14: Tune into Be A Friend Friday with FOD champion.
We invite you to execute your next step, then share your experience with the Focus on Diabetes online community.
- May 21: Tune into Be A Friend Friday with FOD champion.
We plan to encourage one another to turn positive changes into ongoing habits.
- May 28: Tune into Be A Friend Friday with FOD champion.
Randy Jackson 2021 Healthy Vision Month Celebrity Spokesperson
Randy Jackson's Journey With Diabetes
Randy Jackson, a Grammy winning musician, producer, creator, manager, entrepreneur, and television personality will join us, as our celebrity spokesperson to elevate the urgency of managing your eye health while living with diabetes.
Understanding Eye Conditions
Some diabetic eye diseases have no obvious symptoms–but the damage done by high blood glucose levels can be caught early during a routine eye exam.
Take Control: Get an Annual Dilated Eye Exam
It’s important to get a comprehensive eye exam with dilation every year to allow for a more thorough examination of your eye and to catch conditions early, before permanent damage is done. Some diabetic eye diseases have no signs or symptoms until they are too obvious to ignore, which might present as:
- Blurred vision
- Dark spots or "holes"
- Flashes of light
- Seeing an increased amount of floaters
- Poor night vision
This is why routine exams are so important—to help avoid vision loss and potentially catch these conditions early.
Eye health benefits are determined by your health care plan. Consider your network to learn your options when making an appointment. Schedule appointments with your eye doctor at least once a year so they can detect any problems early and treat them.
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