The Prevent Blindness America "Diabetic Eye Disease Educator Program" is a comprehensive eye health education program designed to teach lay outreach personnel and allied health professionals about the visual system and the signs, symptoms and complications of the secondary diseases of diabetes - Diabetic Retinopathy, Cataracts and Glaucoma. 

The purpose of the program is that Patient/Client education messages about diabetic eye disease can be delivered through health outreach programs of community health centers, health departments, and civic and faith-based organizations to those populations at highest risk for developing diabetes:  African-Americans, Hispanics and Latinos.

The objectives of the program are:

  • To train personnel with regular access to populations who are the highest risk of developing diabetes to deliver patient education about Diabetic Retinopathy and Glaucoma and the methods for prevention and vision preservation.
  • To provide certified "Diabetic Eye Disease Educators" with the knowledge and materials to conduct group and one-on-one patient/client education at their facilities.

All PBA programs are based on:

  • Medically accepted eye and vision health information
  • Standardized training, testing and reporting
  • Continual program evaluation

Participants will receive certification upon successful completion of the "Diabetic Eye Disease Educator Course" and post-test.  Certified Educators will:

  • Receive patient education materials
  • Be able to implement the Education Program into their facilities and programs

To become a certified "Diabetic Eye Disease Educator":