As you well know, diabetes has become a nationwide epidemic that is causing increased health problems across our country. Among these are significant rises in vision problems related to diabetes. Prevent Blindness offers a number of resources that you can use in educating the general public, increasing knowledge among allied health professionals and health educators, and providing assistance to individuals who are living with diabetes or who may be at high risk.  

Download the Diabetic Eye Disease Resources factsheet



The Learning Center supports allied health professionals in their efforts to educate the general public on issues relating to eye health. Two programs of the Center that can be useful for your work with those living with diabetes are:


The Diabetic Eye Disease Educator Course

Prevent Blindness Diabetes Educator Program

This self-guided course trains diabetes and community health educators to deliver patient education about diabetic retinopathy, cataract, glaucoma, and methods for prevention and vision preservation to those who are diabetic as well as populations at highest risk for developing diabetes.

The program is also available in Spanish


Healthy Eyes Presentations

Healthy Eyes Educational Series

These short modules cover major vision and eye health topics. Materials include downloadable presentations, scripts, and online videos intended to improve awareness and understanding of common eye conditions and health concerns.

Healthy Eyes Module 4, Adult Eye Disorders
(Healthy Eyes Module 04: Adult Eye Disorders)



In recent years, Prevent Blindness has published several reports that include cost, prevalence and trend estimates for diabetic retinopathy. Find out more about how this condition affects your state through these resources.


Vision Problems in the U.S.

Vision Problems in the U.S.

The Vision Problems in the U.S. report and database provides useful estimates of the prevalence of sight-threatening eye diseases, including diabetic retinopathy, in Americans age 40 and older.


The Future of Vision: Forecasting the Prevalence and Costs of Vision Problems

This report provides rojections of the future prevalence and costs of vision problems based on the US Census Bureau’s national population projections from the year 2014 to 2050.


Behavioral Risk Factors Surveillance System

The vision module contains nine questions to assess prevalence of self-reported visual impairment, eye disease, eye injury, access to eye care, lack of eye care insurance, and eye examination among individuals aged 40 years and older.


Living Well With Low Vision

Designed for people living with low vision, and their caretakers, to educate themselves about loss of vision and to meet the daily challenges resulting from it.  By empowering individuals, we hope to provide practical ways for people to improve the quality of their daily lives and relieve the emotional trauma that often accompanies low vision.


Financial Assistance

We offer a number of financial assistance resources for those in need of support in meeting their eye health needs.


Fact Sheets to Share

Pregnancy and Your Vision
Diabetic Retinopathy Risk Quiz
Planning a Trip to the Eye Doctor?
Nutritional Supplements and Vision
Finding an Eye Care Professional
Medicare Benefits and Your Eyes
Diabetes Facts
Diabetes Facts (large print)
Diabetic Retinopathy Risk Quiz
Vision Care Financial Assistance

Vision Care Financial Assistance, Spanish