The Three Silent Killers Program

Three Silent Killers programs™ pilot study suggest that the prevalence of glaucoma, diabetes and hypertension is disproportionately higher in the minority population including African-Americans and Hispanics. The study found a significant interaction between under- represented minority races (African-Americans and Hispanics) and the rate of diabetes. Hispanics generally showed a higher prevalence of diabetes than any other race. However, there was a higher rate of high blood pressure in the African American sample for both males and females, particularly as they get older. Regarding glaucoma, African Americans demonstrated a higher prevalence than any other race especially in those over the age of 40.

Although the NOA™s Three Silent Killers program was small in scale, this pilot study supports and underscores the need for significant public health dollars to be directed towards the minority community to help decrease the incidence of visual impairment that can result from diabetes, glaucoma and high blood pressure.

Recent NOA efforts have focused on the Association's desire to better educate those populations who are at higher risk of developing sight-threatening conditions, specifically urban, rural and minority populations with poor access to eye health care. The 3 Killer program is a perfect example of the NOA™s efforts. Promoting greater cultural diversity within the schools and colleges of optometry is also a continuing mission of the NOA.

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

Join the NOA and it partner (National Eye Health Education Program-NEHEP) to increase awareness about eye disease. Many eye diseases have no early warning signs. But early detection and treatment can help save your sight. For additional information on eye disease visit the NEHEP Education Programs.

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.

Many resources are available in both English and Spanish.

"What to Expect" Multicultural Patient Brochure Series

The NOA has recently worked with Transitions Optical, Inc. to refresh and cobrand its popular "What to Expect" patient brochure series. 

Perfect for displaying in your waiting room or distributing at a community event, these brochures are designed to educate patients about their unique risks at different life stages and to encourage them to take charge of their eye health.

You can download online versions of the following brochures here, or print versions can also be ordered free-of-charge through MyMulticulturalToolkit.com


Announcing: Eyes on Millennials Publication

National Optometric Association and Transitions Optical Published Insights from 2016 “Multicultural Millennial Matters” Panel

The National Optometric Association (NOA) and Transitions Optical Inc. have released an educational paper "Eyes on Millennials: The Most Culturally Diverse Generation" which touches on highlights from a panel, "Multicultural Millennial Matters."

The panel took place during NOA's 2016 Annual Convention in Chicago and was moderated by NOA vice president, Sherrol Reynolds, OD, FAAO. The discussion included perspectives from both experienced and Millennial eye doctors who each have strong familiarity with both multicultural and Millennial patients. 

Take a closer look at the event as well as the paper, "Eyes on Millennials: The Most Culturally Diverse Generation" here


Optometry Podcasts available from NDEP Optometry

The National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) recently produced a series of new podcasts for health care professionals titled Clinical Diabetes Management. The podcasts interview specialists from pharmacy, podiatry, optometry, and dental (PPOD) professions on preventing diabetes complications and working as part of the diabetes care team. Each interview has a corresponding summary podcast. Taken singly or as a series, these free digital recordings promote the team approach to comprehensive diabetes care and provide simple care recommendations to clinicians about making cross-disciplinary referrals. There are podcasts focused on each PPOD clinical discipline. The two vision care podcasts include information about preventing vision loss and living with vision loss. Each is designed to give busy primary care professionals and other clinical care providers, helpful tips to use in their practice for their patients with diabetes.

Accessing the podcasts is easy:

1. Go to http://www.cdc.gov/podcasts/

2. Click on the Browser tab

3. Scroll down to By Series/p>

4. Select Clinical Diabetes Managementand click Go

Or, search by key word diabetes to find additional podcasts by the NDEP and others at CDC.

Use and enjoy the pod casts one at a time or download the entire series. Help the National Optometric Association and NDEP spread the word about diabetes control and prevention
by sharing the pod casts with your colleagues. To learn more about NDEP, visit www.YourDiabetesInfo.org.


Healthy Vision Month to Focus on Eye Exams

Millions of people in the United States have undetected vision problems and eye conditions. We need your help encouraging people in your community to schedule eye exams. Through a comprehensive dilated eye exam, eye care professionals can detect common vision problems and eye diseases, many of which have no have no early warning signs. Join the National Eye Institute (NEI) this May during Healthy Vision Month to raise awareness about the importance of dilated eye exams. The NEI has developed a variety of online resources that you can use to encourage people to schedule an eye exam, including e-cards, fact sheets, downloadable posters, and more. No effort is too small and every activity can make a difference. Healthy Vision Month is an annual observance established by the NEI, one of the federal government™s National Institutes of Health, to keep vision a health priority for the Nation. Visit the Healthy Vision Month Website at www.healthyvision2010.org/hvm to find more information and free educational resources.

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