Prevent Blindness fulfills its mission of the prevention of vision loss through focused attention on its core public health competencies of early detection, patient support, systems enhancement, public policy, research, public awareness, and health education. The organization’s website—preventblindness.org—serves as its comprehensive source of information on eye health and safety; and the Prevent Blindness Vision Health Resource Center provides an avenue for the public to receive individualized attention through a toll-free phone number (800-331-2020) or by submitting questions via the website. Depending on the needs of the individual, Prevent Blindness distributes educational information and fact sheets on a variety of vision and eye health-related concerns.
Prevent Blindness has developed two online resources to help people who are experiencing vision loss or have lost their vision.
1. Living Well With Low Vision —http://lowvision.preventblindness.org—is designed to educate people about loss of vision and to meet the daily challenges resulting from it. The website hopes to provide practical ways for people to improve the quality of their daily lives and relieve the emotional trauma that often accompanies low vision.
2. GuideMe app —http://guideme.preventblindness.org—was designed for people who have been diagnosed with Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD). GuideMe works by asking questions about the person and the AMD diagnosis. Based on the answers, it will customize a guide with helpful information, tips, resources, and suggested steps to take to be proactive about protecting vision. GuideMe is not designed to diagnosis or provide medical advice. If you have questions about the diagnosis consult with your eye care professional.
Cost of Vision Problems: The Economic Burden of Vision Loss and Eye Disorders in the United States, http://costofvision.preventblindness.org/
Vision Problems in the U.S.: Prevalence of Adult Vision Impairment and Age-Related Eye Disease in America
The Economic Impact of Vision Problems in the U.S.: The Toll of Major Adult Eye Disorders, Visual Impairment and Blindness on the U.S. Economy
Our Vision for Children’s Vision: A National Call to Action for the Advancement of Children’s Vision and Eye Health
The Vision Connection: Integrating Vision into State Health Programs
Vision Preservation and the National Prevention Strategy: A Call to Action
Prevent Blindness America: Working to Advance Public Health, Vision and Eye Care in the U.S.
UV and Our Nation’s Vision—Insights from a Congressional Briefing
Prevent Blindness’ newsletter, Prevent Blindness News, is published three times per year. A more frequent online version, Prevent Blindness E-News, is distributed monthly.
Prevent Blindness brochures are developed on a wide range of eye health and safety topics. Single copies are available free to the public, and quantities are also sold via a catalog and the website.
Chief Operating Officer
Phone: 1–800–331–2020, ext. 6026
Director, Media Relations