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By 2040, Latinos are projected to have the highest rates of visual impairment compared to other U.S. minority groups.
An increased risk for developing type II diabetes, combined with a rapid growth in the aging population are two key drivers increasing the risk for visual impairment and diabetic eye diseases , like diabetic retinopathy, among this population.
What can we do to help prevent and address this in the Latino community?
On Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2019, let’s tweet with #SaludTues to learn more as we discuss how to promote eye health and low vision awareness during #LowVisionAwareness month!
TIME/DATE: 1-2 p.m. ET (Noon-1 p.m. CT), Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2019
WHERE: On Twitter with hashtag #SaludTues
CO-HOSTS: Prevent Blindness Texas (@PBTEXAS), Academy of Optometry (@aaopt)
OPTIONAL HASHTAGS: #PreventBlindnessTX #Eyehealth #LowVisionAwareness
This #SaludTues we’ll open the floor to your comments, tips, and stories as we explore:
- What is low vision impairment, who does it affect, and who has the greatest risk?
- Why should we promote screenings for low vision among Latino and other at risk communities?
- What can we do to promote eye health and prevent blindness in our communities?
Be sure to use the hashtag #SaludTues to follow the conversation on Twitter and share your stories, and resources to help promote awareness of getting screened for low vision impairment during low vision awareness month!
Contact Rosalie Aguilar at firstname.lastname@example.org for this week’s #SaludTues tweetchat questions in advance.
Click here to learn about the Salud America! #SaludTues tweetchats, see upcoming and past tweetchats, and see how you can get involved.