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The Diabetes and Healthy Eyes Toolkit provides community health workers with tools to inform people with diabetes about diabetic eye disease and maintaining healthy vision. The toolkit has a flipchart that is easy to use in community settings and can be incorporated into existing diabetes classes or information sessions. It is available in English andSpanish.

From the National Center for Farm Worker Health

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The Diabetes and Healthy Eyes Toolkit helps community health workers provide sight-saving information to people with diabetes. The Toolkit is available in Spanish and English and includes a:

  • Diabetes and Healthy Eyes Flipchart to help community health workers educate people with diabetes about eye diseases in a small group setting.
  • Diabetes and Healthy Eyes Module for background information and materials to assist community health workers in using the flipchart.
  • Watch Out for Your Vision! Brochure to distribute to people with diabetes to educate them about eye disease and the importance of getting a dilated eye exam at least once a year.
  • Medicare Benefits Card to promote the glaucoma and diabetic eye disease benefit under Medicare and inform the public about eligibility.
  • Publications Order Form to obtain diabetic eye disease materials and resources for distributing to people in your community.
  • Evaluation Form to share your thoughts and experiences using the Diabetes and Healthy Eyes Toolkit.
  • CD-ROM with copies of the module, flipchart and handouts.

Additional materials include a:

  • TRACK Diabetes Magnet (English only) to provide tips to people with diabetes about keeping their health on TRACK.
  • Lo bello entra por los ojos...no deje que la diabetes cierre esa ventana (Beauty enters through the eyes. Don't let diabetes close the window.) Poster (Spanish only) to remind people with diabetes about receiving an annual dilated eye exam and offer tips about how to control diabetes.

Public health program designed to ensure early detection of eye conditions in babies. Member optometrists provide a free comprehensive infant eye assessment to children younger than one year.

The National Keratoconus Foundation's mission is to provide information and support services to individuals with keratoconus and their families and to support keratoconus research.

A VSP charity that provides free vision exams and glasses to low-income, uninsured children. Operates nationally through a network of community partners who identify children in need and VSP network doctors who provide the eyecare services. Call 1-800-877-7195 Monday - Friday 5 a.m. to 7 p.m., Pacific Time to speak with Member Services.

Assistance for eye surgery for people who are unable to pay or receive adequate assistance from current government agencies or similar sources. 1000 East State Parkway, Suite I, Schaumburg, IL 60173. Phone: (847) 490-3838.

Provides financial assistance to individuals for eye care through local clubs. A local club can be found by using the "club locator" button found on their website. Phone: (630) 571-5466 x393

Providing basic eye health and vision care services free of charge to the many uninsured low-income people and their families who have no other means of obtaining care. Apply on line, mail or by phone. 1-800/766-4466, 7 a.m.-9 p.m., CST

Volunteer Eye Surgeons' Association, providing free cataract surgery to people of all ages who have no other means to pay. Surgeries are scheduled annually on one day, usually in May. Phone: 1-800-343-7265

People eligible for a referral through the program receive a comprehensive, medical eye exam and up to one year of treatment—at no out-of-pocket cost—for any disease diagnosed during the initial exam. Volunteer ophthalmologists accept Medicare and/or other insurance reimbursement as payment in full. 1-800-222-EYES (3937)

A non-profit agency promoting eye care for underserved communities. Provides trainings on primary eye care and use of the Focometer.