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NIH Public Bulletin – February 2012

Black History Month—Time to Raise Community Awareness About Glaucoma

When: February 2012
Where: Nationwide
Institute: National Eye Institute (NEI)

Glaucoma is a leading cause of vision loss and blindness in African Americans. There are no symptoms in its early stages, and millions of people have glaucoma and don't know it. African Americans over age 40 and those with a family history are at higher risk of developing glaucoma. Vision loss is permanent and cannot be reversed, but vision can be protected through early detection and treatment. Black History Month is celebrated during February and provides a great opportunity to increase awareness about glaucoma and encourage African Americans to see an eye care professional for a dilated eye exam.

NEI's National Eye Health Education Program has developed the Keep Vision in Your Future Glaucoma Toolkit to help you increase awareness about glaucoma by conducting educational sessions in your community. The toolkit includes a wealth of tips and tools, such as handouts, fact sheets, and a PowerPoint presentation and speaker's guide.

Next Steps

You can find Keep Vision in Your Future Glaucoma Toolkit materials at

This page last reviewed on August 22, 2012

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