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Date ICO Member Headline Topic Subspecialty Region
January 10, 2018 Call for Urgent Action to Address Diabetic Eye Disease

Every person with diabetes is at risk of going blind, and if left untreated, diabetes can have a devastating and wide ranging social and economic impact on patients, families, and communities.

At the December 2017 International Diabetes Federation Congress in Abu Dhabi, the ICO, the International Diabetes Federation, the World Council of Optometry, and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness released a Global Statement on Diabetes and Eye Heath calling for urgent action from governments, medical associations, service providers, and patient organizations to: 

  1. Integrate eye health within routine diabetes care by primary health care providers 
  2. Improve collaboration across the diabetes and eye health sectors 
  3. Foster and support patient-centered care approaches for diabetic eye health.

You can support integrative care for diabetes and bring eye health to the frontline of diabetes care by circulating this statement to practitioners, policy leaders, and lawmakers in your region. Ensure that increasingly integrated and people-centered systems are put in place, so that all people with diabetes have access to vital sight-saving services.

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October 26, 2017 World Diabetes Day: 14 November 2017

The impact of diabetes on women is substantial and, in recognition, “Women and Diabetes––Our Right to a Healthy Future” is the theme of World Diabetes Day (WDD) on 14 November 2017.

Learn more about WDD, access resources, and find out what you can do about this escalating health threat by going to: An additional resource for ophthalmologists and eye care providers in low- and high-resource areas is the ICO Guidelines for Diabetic Eye Care, which was updated this year.

The International Diabetes Federation––the organization behind WDD––will be holding their annual congress in Abu Dhabi 4–8 December 2017, and representatives of the ICO will be in attendance. Find information and register, at:

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