Dr. Edward Larry Jones, NOA Region 5 Trustee, put on a meet and greet during the Academy of Optometry in Anaheim, California on Veteran's Day, November 11th 2016. Approximately 40 students and faculty members were in attendance. The affair was catered by Georgia's Restaurant. 
Attendees included: Dr. Philip Aitsebaomo, NOA President, Dr. Sherrol Reynolds, FAAO, NOA Vice-President, Dr. Parres Wright, NOA Director of Communications, Dr. Millicent Knight (brand new FAAO), Head of Professional Affairs, Johnson & Johnson Vistacon, and Peter Menziuso, President of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care. Fayiz Mahgoub, NOSA President was also there representing the students. The turnout was great and everyone enjoyed networking and socializing.
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Diabetes Awareness Month: Call to Action!

Join the NOA and it partners (National Eye Health Education Program-NEHEP and Transitions, Inc.) during National Diabetes Month in November to increase awareness about diabetic eye disease.

Diabetes is rising at an alarming rate. More than 29 million Americans have diabetes, according to recent CDC figures, and one in four individuals (25%) don't even know they have it. What's more, another 86 million with pre-diabetes are headed down the road to diabetes without intervention, and the NEI projects diabetic retinopathy (DR) to climb to 11 million by 2030. In fact, the CDC estimates that every 24 hours, 55 people with diabetes become blind. Black Americans and other minorities are more at risk for diabetes and diabetic-related complications, such as diabetic retinopathy, the leading cause of blindness. The National Optometric Association (NOA) recommends a yearly dilated comprehensive eye exam for all people with diabetes.

Write the Vision: 
Make Your Plan to Protect Your Sight Pilot Program

As a National Eye Health Education Program (NEHEP) Partner, the National Optometric Association is invited to participate in NEHEP's, Write the Vision: Make Your Plan to Protect Your Sight pilot program. This key initiative is designed to inform African Americans about eye diseases and encourage them to take action to maintain healthy vision. More information is forthcoming about this new initiative and variety of resources and strategies to help you educate people with diabetes about diabetic eye disease and ways they can protect their vision. Many of our resources are available in both English and Spanish. This key initiative is designed to inform African Americans about eye diseases and encourage them to take action to maintain healthy vision.

Click here to access details about this new joint initiative and variety of resources and strategies to help you educate people with diabetes about diabetic eye disease and ways they can protect their vision. Many of our resources are available in both English and Spanish.
  • Write the Vision: Make Your Plan to Protect Your Sight, Pilot Program
  • "Three Silent Killers" Education Program
  • "What to Expect" Multicultural Patient Brochure Series
  • NDEP Podcasts


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