Resources to Promote Healthy Vision Month
Encourage Americans to Make Their Vision Last a Lifetime Healthy Vision Month 2013
Americans agree that eyesight has a huge impact on their day-to-day lives and is one of the senses they fear losing most. Unfortunately, people often do not pay attention to their vision until they notice a problem. Join the National Eye Institute (NEI) of the National Institutes of Health during May, Healthy Vision Month, to encourage Americans to take steps to help make their vision last a lifetime.
One of the most important steps people can take is to get a comprehensive dilated eye exam. In this painless procedure, an eye care professional places drops in the eyes to dilate, or widen, the pupils. This allows more light to enter the eyes, similar to how an open door lets more light into a dark room. The procedure allows the eye care professional to examine the back of the eyes and look for early signs of disease, many of which have no early warning signs. Early detection is key to treating eye disease effectively and preventing vision loss.
NEI offers a variety of resources you can use in May and throughout the year to promote the importance of early detection through a comprehensive dilated eye exam. Visit the Healthy Vision Month Website at http://www.nei.nih.gov/hvm/ to view the free resources available, such as e-cards, fact sheets, a widget, web buttons, pre-written social media posts, and to find ideas for how to use them in your community.
Let's celebrate Healthy Vision Month together! No effort is too small when encouraging people to make their vision last a lifetime.