Michigan Eyes On Diabetes



A Community



Michigan Department of Community Health
Michigan Optometric
SouthEast Michigan
Diabetes Outreach
Lions Club of Michigan
Optometric Institute and Clinic of Detroit

















3044 W. Grand Blvd
Suite 1-253

Detroit, Michigan 48202
Phone: (877) 937-4777


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Dick Vitale Spokesperson for Diabetic Eye Program

Dick Vitale, sports personality and television commentator has been named as the new spokesperson for Michigan Eyes on Diabetes (MEOD).  The community based pilot collaboration includes the Michigan Department of Community Health’s Diabetic Prevention and Control Program, Michigan Optometric Association, SouthEast Michigan Diabetes Outreach Network, the Lions Clubs of Michigan, Optometric Institute and Clinic of Metropolitan Detroit and local retinal specialists.

MEOD is a direct outgrowth of Healthy Eyes - People 2010, which is a program developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to improve Americans’ health regardless of income, race or ethnicity.  Estimates from the Michigan Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) indicate that as many as 400,000 people in Michigan have diabetes and only 40 to 50 percent of them receive an annual dilated eye examination.  The National Institute of Health estimates that in Michigan, one third of persons with diabetes have diabetic retinopathy. 

Dick Vitale knows a good play when he sees one.  “If you or a loved one have diabetes, get a dilated eye examination every year.  Ask your family eye doctor or call Michigan Eyes on Diabetes” exhorts Vitale.   

Vitale and Michigan Eyes on Diabetes will utilize public service announcements (initially targeting the tri-county areas in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb) as a referral source for people with diabetes to obtain dilated retinal examinations.  Those with their own family eye doctor are encouraged to receive the yearly check-up.  “It’s awesome baby!  You may be able to prevent loss of eyesight with an annual dilated eye examination.  Damage from diabetes can be detected and at times be stopped, before you’re slam-dunked,” continues Vitale.  

Optometric Institute and Clinic of Metropolitan Detroit will see the majority of uninsured diabetic participants.  These evaluations will be funded by Optical Dimensions of Royal Oak.  Local retinal specialists will provide retina laser treatment when retina bleeding is sight threatening. 

For further information on Michigan Eyes on Diabetes (MEOD) please call the toll free number (877) 937-4777




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