Diabetes Awareness Month
November is Diabetes Awareness Month. In recognition of this important observance, The National Eye Institute (NEI) and Lighthouse Guild are presenting a social media campaign to raise awareness about the disease’s devastating effect on vision and what can be done to prevent vision loss.
Beginning on Monday, November 12 through November 16, you’ll meet Juan and Steve, two veterans with diabetes and Maria a caregiver of a loved one with diabetes, who will tell you in their own words how diabetes has affected them and what they did to manage, cope and support. Additionally, Vincent and Cindy share their stories on diabetic vision loss. You will also meet Lighthouse Guild Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism Specialist Dr. Carmen Pal who will provide tips and expert guidance. Their personal stories inspire hope for people in similar situations and educate people about the importance of annual dilated eye exams and disease management for preventing vision loss and blindness.
To read these amazing stories, look for the unique hashtag #EyeOnDiabetes.
Lighthouse Guild is the leading organization dedicated to addressing and preventing vision loss by coordinating care for eye health including vision rehabilitation, behavioral health, and other related services. Our goal is to reduce the burden of living with vision loss; it is the cornerstone of what we do.
The National Eye Institute (NEI) was established by Congress in 1968 to protect and preserve the vision of the American people. As one of the federal government’s National Institutes of Health (NIH), NEI conducts and supports research that helps prevent and treat eye diseases and other disorders of vision. This research leads to sight-saving treatments, reduces visual impairment and blindness and improves the quality of life for people of all ages. NEI-supported research has advanced our knowledge of how the visual system functions in both health and disease.