Flyer for the National Eye Health Education Program.

The California Valley Miwok Tribe (CVMT) received a flyer regarding the National Eye Health Education Program (NEHEP).

Each year in November, National Diabetes Month is observed and the National Eye Health Education Program (NEHEP) continues educating the American Indian and Alaskan Native community on the topic of diabetic eye disease to avoid blindness among our people. People with diabetes should have a dilated eye exam at least one a year to detect diabetic eye disease in its early stages. Diabetic eye disease refers to a group of eye problems that people with diabetes may face as a complication of the disease and includes cataract, diabetic retinopathy, and glaucoma. Diabetic retinopathy, the most common diabetic eye disease, is the leading cause of blindness in adults 20-74 years of age.

For more information on diabetic eye disease and tips on finding an eye care professional or financial assistance for eye care, visit https://www.nei.nih.gov/diabetes or call NEI at (301) 496-5248. The National Eye Institute (NEI), part of the National Institutes of Health, leads the federal government’s research on the visual system and eye diseases. NEI supports basic and clinical science programs that result in the development of sight-saving treatments. For more information, visit https://www.nei.nih.gov.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the Nation’s medical research agency, includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. For more information about NIH and its programs, visit https://www.nih.gov.