Spring—a season of rebirth, renewal, and regrowth—is the perfect time to celebrate Healthy Vision Month (HVM). In May, the National Eye Institute (NEI) sponsors HVM, an annual observance to encourage Americans to make their vision a health priority. In addition to promoting regular eye exams, we highlight the importance of knowing your family’s eye health history to understand your own risks for developing eye diseases. We also stress the value of prevention in defending against visual impairment. You can live a healthy lifestyle by exercising and eating right; not smoking; protecting your eyes from the sun, and using eye safety gear while engaging in sports and doing yard work. These are all things people should do year-round to help protect their eyes from disease and injury.
Also, NEI’s big 50th anniversary celebration will continue with a number of exciting events planned during the year. To learn more, visit the NEI anniversary page.
The National Eye Health Education Program (NEHEP) Partnership and intermediary organizations play an important role in helping us develop our materials and sharing our eye health information in ways that are meaningful and relevant to our target populations. It is through your efforts that we are able to reach millions of people all over the country where they live, work, and play. Whether it is helping social media messages go viral, sharing and posting infocards and infographics, writing blog posts and other content on your website, or distributing materials at health fairs and other community settings, your efforts help make a big difference in people’s access to eye health information. We at NEI view you as an extension of our team, and we appreciate the energy you give and the recommitment to eye health education you make each year. This issue of Outlook contains great information about activities and resources from various NEHEP partners that we hope will spark new ideas for outreach and collaboration.
Happy spring, and happy reading!