236401 Healthy Eyes Healthy People ® 2009 Projects Helped Diabetic Patients

Monday, October 31, 2011

Uzma Zumbrink, DHSc, MPH , Clinical & Practice Advancement Group, American Optometric Association, St. Louis, MO
Jeffrey L. Weaver, OD, MS , American Board of Optometry, St. Louis, MO
Joseph Visker, PhD , Department of Health & Exercise Science, Truman State University, Kirksville, MO
Timothy A. Wingert, OD , College of Optometry, University of Missouri-St. Louis, St. Louis, MO
Judith Gordon, PhD , Dept. Family & Community Medicine, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Diabetic retinopathy is the most common diabetic eye disease resulting in blindness for 12,000-24000 diabetics across the United States per year. Usually there are no symptoms in the early phases of diabetic retinopathy. That is why the American Optometric Association recommends that everyone with diabetes have a comprehensive dilated eye examination once a year. Early detection and treatment can limit the potential for significant vision loss from diabetic retinopathy. The Healthy Eyes Healthy People® (HEHP) program would like to have every person with diabetes receive a dilated eye examination at least once a year as early detection and timely treatment can significantly reduce vision loss. Through the HEHP program, optometrists serve communities throughout the nation to ensure that all people have access to eye care. In 2009, a total of 57 community projects funded through the HEHP program in the United States addressed the vision objectives of Healthy People 2010. Of those, 13 projects indicated diabetic retinopathy as their sole area of interest (AOI). Those projects that indicated diabetic retinopathy as their sole AOI addressed a two of the ten Vision Objectives cited in Healthy People 2010. The HEHP award recipients collaborate with governmental and non-governmental agencies to increase the number of patients with diabetes receiving an annual dilated eye exam by disseminating educational brochures to individuals with diabetes and to health care providers across the nation.

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Program planning
Provision of health care to the public
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
The HEHP program is also providing prevent-focused health education for low income, uninsured adults. This study will explain how optometrists work within those communities to provide comprehensive eye care and ensure that those who need follow up care have access to this care.

Keywords: Access and Services, Community-Based Health Promotion

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am an optometrist/vision scientist, and served as the Director of the AOA Clinical Care Group for 12 years from 1997-2009, overseeing the HEHP program as part of my duties.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.