November 14, 2010... Against a backdrop of an increasing international diabetes epidemic, Lighthouse International, the non-profit leader in fighting vision loss, will light its headquarters at 111 East 59th Street blue, joining the Empire State Building and more than 400 buildings across the U S. and worldwide in recognition of World Diabetes Day. The lighting will start on November 13 and continue through the evening of November 14, which is World Diabetes Day. World Diabetes Day is the global awareness campaign which spotlights a disease that affects some 1 million New Yorkers, some 24 million Americans and an additional 241 million people worldwide. Lighthouse International is the only organization dealing with vision loss that is participating in this international campaign.
“If diabetes is uncontrolled it can lead to diabetic retinopathy which can lead to vision loss – even blindness,” said Mark G. Ackermann, President and CEO of Lighthouse International. “Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness in the United States among adults 20-74 years old. A comprehensive annual eye exam can detect early vision problems, and then treatment can be prescribed that can minimize or prevent vision loss.” Yet, according to a new Lighthouse International survey conducted by Harris Interactive, 86 percent of respondents who have diabetes (or a family history of diabetes) and fear vision loss do not get an annual exam.
Lighthouse International’s diabetes services offer educational information and management techniques for people with diabetes. To make an appointment, call 212-821-9624.
Founded in 1905, Lighthouse International is a leading nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting vision loss through prevention, treatment and empowerment. It achieves this through clinical and rehabilitation services, education, research and advocacy. For more information about vision loss and its causes, contact Lighthouse International at 1-800-829-0500 or visit www.lighthouse.org.