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National Eye Health Education Program (NEHEP)

Vision and Aging

Help raise awareness about eye health among older adults

With the growing number of older adults in the United States, eye disease and vision loss are becoming major public health concerns. There are currently more than 40 million people age 65 and older in the United States, and that number is expected to double by 2050. As people age, their risk increases for eye diseases and conditions such as age-related macular degeneration, cataract, diabetic retinopathy, dry eye, glaucoma, and low vision.

However, vision loss is not an inevitable part of aging, so it is important to spread the word that if eye diseases are detected and treated early, vision loss can often be prevented. The NEHEP Vision and Aging Program is designed to help you raise awareness about eye health among the older adults you serve. Our educational resources help emphasize important lifestyle factors that impact older adults’ eye health and remind them that:

  • Eye diseases often have no early symptoms.
  • Everyone age 50 and older should have a regular comprehensive dilated eye examination.
  • Early detection, treatment, and follow-up care are important to preventing vision loss and blindness.

Learn about vision and aging

Learn about vision and aging

What are the most common age-related eye diseases and conditions? Why is it important for older adults to have a comprehensive dilated eye exam? Get important background information here.

See Well for a LifetimeToolkit

See Well for a LifetimeToolkit

Find everything you need to hold educational sessions about vision and aging.

Resources

Resources

Access educational materials, training tools, and other vision and aging resources.

Outreach tools and tips

Outreach tools and tips

Learn how to increase awareness about age-related eye diseases and generate support from your local media.

Watch, listen, and learn

Watch, listen, and learn

Hear from health professionals, community health workers, and people with age-related eye diseases in these videos, webinars, and more.

Social media

Social media

Extend your reach with these messages created especially for social media.