May is Healthy Vision Month: Optometrists should encourage Americans to make their vision last a lifetime

May 10, 2012

Americans agree that eyesight has a huge impact on their day-to-day lives and is one of the senses they fear losing most. Unfortunately, people often do not pay attention to their vision until they notice a problem. Join the National Eye Institute (NEI) of the National Institutes of Health during May, Healthy Vision Month, to encourage Americans to take steps to help make their vision last a lifetime.

The NEI offers a variety of resources that health care practitioners can use during May and throughout the year to promote the importance of early detection through comprehensive dilated eye exams.

Visit the Healthy Vision Month website at http://www.nei.nih.gov/healthyvisionmonth to download free resources such as drop-in articles, e-cards, fact sheets, widgets, web banners, patient reminder postcards, and PowerPoint presentations and to find ideas on how to use them in your community.

“Let’s celebrate Healthy Vision Month together! No effort is too small when encouraging people to make their vision last a lifetime,” an NEI press release emphasizes.

May health awareness observances

Other May health awareness observances relevant to eye and vision care include:

Global Employee Health and Fitness Month
May 1-31
National Association for Health and Fitness
Materials available
Contact: Philip Haberstro
716-583-0521 or 716-851-4309 Fax

Ultraviolet Awareness Month
May 1-31
Prevent Blindness America
Materials available
Contact: PBA Consumer and Patient Hotline
800-331-2020 or 312-363-6052 Fax

North American Occupational Safety and Health Week
May 6-12
American Society of Safety Engineers
Materials available
Contact: Diane Hurns
847-699-2929 or 847-296-3769 Fax

National Senior Health & Fitness Day
May 30
Mature Market Resource Center
Materials available
Contact: Gary W. Ford

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