January is Glaucoma Awareness Month
Join NEHEP in raising awareness about glaucoma. Use these resources to encourage people at higher risk to have a comprehensive dilated eye exam every one to two years to detect glaucoma in its early stages.
- Social Media Toolkit
- Facebook and Twitter Posts
- Radio & Print PSAs
- Announcements & Receipt Copy
- Drop-in Articles
- Faith-based Resources for African Americans
- Web Buttons
- All Glaucoma Materials
Social Media Toolkit
This toolkit provides resources and strategies to educate people about glaucoma via social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube and more.
Facebook and Twitter Posts
Post messages on your Facebook and Twitter pages for your followers to see and share or send a few to your organization's blog or an influencer blogger. Sample messages are below. Find more posts about glaucoma you can use year-round here.
January is Glaucoma Awareness Month. Get the facts about glaucoma and schedule a dilated eye exam if you're at higher risk. Learn more at www.nei.nih.gov/glaucoma.
While anyone can get glaucoma, people at higher risk include African Americans age 40 and older, people over age 60, especially Mexican Americans, and those with a family history of glaucoma. People at higher risk should have a comprehensive dilated eye exam every one to two years. Visit www.nei.nih.gov/glaucoma to learn more.
Did you know 2.7 million Americans have glaucoma and only half of them know it? Glaucoma often has no symptoms in its early stages, but it can be detected before noticeable vision loss occurs. Early detection and treatment can help save sight. Learn more at www.nei.nih.gov/glaucoma.
Visit the National Eye Institute's Glaucoma Awareness Month Pinterest board to find resources to pin and share that promote eye health. Find pins here.
Radio & Print Public Service Announcements (PSAs)
Use our PSA scripts to record messages that can be aired on the radio or played on a public audio system or used to educate your callers who are put on hold. Choose from 15-second, 30-second and 60-second scripts (PDF*).
Announcements and Receipt Copy
Use the copy in the announcements below over public address systems or record one for the on-hold phone line at your store or organization. Use the receipt copy on statements or receipts to raise awareness about glaucoma.
Glaucoma Drop-in Articles
Publish these articles in newsletters, magazines, newspapers, or on websites.
Faith-based Resources for African Americans
African Americans are at higher risk for glaucoma and faith-based intuitions can play a key role in raising awareness among their congregations. Here are some resources to help.
Include a message (PDF*) about glaucoma in your weekly bulletin or newsletter or announce one during your radio service, or record it for your tape ministry.
Use one of these PowerPoint slides in presentations or on announcement boards, place on a projector before or after services, put a copy in your bulletin or newsletter or post to your Facebook or Twitter pages.
3 Things You Should be Saying Slide | PDF* | JPG
3 Reasons You Should Talk about Glaucoma (woman) Slide | PDF* | JPG
3 Reasons You Should Talk about Glaucoma (family) Slide | PDF* | JPG
Are you at higher risk for glaucoma? (featuring Candi Staton) Slide | PDF* | JPG
Start off each week in January by posting a glaucoma messages on your Facebook page to raise awareness and help people find more information. Here are some samples you can use:
Did you know African Americans are at higher risk for glaucoma? It may not be something you think about, hear about, or even know about. But in the African American community, glaucoma is a leading cause of vision loss. Start a conversation about glaucoma. Learn more: www.nei.nih.gov/glaucoma
Why should we talk about glaucoma? It runs in families. You can have it and not know it. It's a disease that we don't often talk about, but it can cause vision loss and even blindness. Start a conversation about glaucoma. Learn more: www.nei.nih.gov/glaucoma
(Tip: Include graphic of "3 Reasons You Should Talk about Glaucoma" (family) from above)
TRUE or FALSE? If you are over 40 and African American, you are at higher risk for glaucoma. Answer: True! Glaucoma strikes African Americans at a younger age and is a leading cause of vision loss. January is Glaucoma Awareness Month, and it's important to understand how to protect your vision. Quiz yourself with this Eye-Q Test: www.nei.nih.gov/glaucoma/content/english/doyouknow.asp
Did you know that you could have glaucoma and not know it? January is Glaucoma Awareness Month, so take the time to learn more about glaucoma. Early detection and treatment can save your sight. Learn more with this glaucoma infographic: http://catalog.nei.nih.gov/p-417-glaucoma-infographic.aspx
(Tip: Include "3 Things You Should Be Saying About Glaucoma" graphic with African American couple.)
Use these on your website to promote Glaucoma Awareness Month and link people to glaucoma information. To add the button, copy the code next to the image and paste it into your Web page.
To embed this web button on your site, simply copy and paste the code below:
<p><img src="http://www.nei.nih.gov/nehep/programs/glaucoma/images/nehep-glaucoma-button1.jpg" alt="January is Glaucoma Awareness Month. National Eye Institute. National Eye Health Education Program. www.nei.nih.gov/glaucoma" border="0" /></p>
<p><img src="http://www.nei.nih.gov/nehep/programs/glaucoma/images/nehep-glaucoma-button2.jpg" alt="January is Glaucoma Awareness Month. National Eye Institute. National Eye Health Education Program. www.nei.nih.gov/glaucoma" border="0" /></p>
Copy and paste this banner into your email signature or:
- Select and copy the image below.
- Then go to File > Options > Mail. On the right, click the Signatures button.
- On the popup, click New and name your signature (i.e., "GAM").
- In the white box, right click and hit "Paste". Then save.
- Choose the new signature from the dropdown.
For email systems that do not allow pictures to be added, a plain text version is below. Simply copy and paste.
January is Glaucoma Awareness Month. Keep vision in your future by learning how you can protect your sight. Visit www.nei.nih.gov/glaucoma.
All NEHEP Glaucoma Materials
NEHEP offers a wide variety of educational resources on glaucoma that can be used year-round, including:
- Keep Vision in Your Future: Glaucoma Toolkit
- Videos and animations
- Consumer education website
- And more!