Now there is an easy way for you to help African Americans get on the path to healthier vision. Write the Vision: Make Your Plan to Protect Your Sight, created by the National Eye Health Education Program (NEHEP), is a new eye health awareness program specifically for African Americans. This new initiative promotes the importance of early detection to prevent vision loss and blindness from eye disease. You can help African Americans understand their risk and share ways they can protect their sight.
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Why Write the Vision?
African Americans are at higher risk for certain eye diseases—including glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy—that, if left undetected, can cause vision loss and even blindness. Once vision is lost, it often cannot be restored. Consider the following infographics:
Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that can damage the optic nerve. Glaucoma affects side or peripheral vision first. African Americans are at a higher risk, starting at a younger age.
Make your plan—Write the Vision is coming soon!
Write the Vision: Make Your Plan to Protect Your Sight will launch in the summer of 2017. In the meantime, we are sharing some initial resources to support your outreach efforts. Visit us this summer to learn about and get involved with this year-round, calendar-based eye health initiative. And share the vision by encouraging others to visit the site, too.