Director’s Council of Public Representatives (COPR)
NIH Public Bulletin – May 2012
Healthy Vision Month 2012: Vision—Make It Last a Lifetime
When: May 2012
Institute: National Eye Institute (NEI)
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 NEI during May, Healthy Vision Month, to encourage people in your community to take steps to help make their vision last a lifetime.
One of the most important steps people can take is to get a comprehensive dilated eye exam. This procedure allows eye care professionals to examine the back of the eyes and look for common vision problems and eye diseases, many of which have no early warning signs. Early detection is key to treating eye disease effectively and preventing blindness.
NEI offers a variety of resources you can use in May and throughout the year. Visit the Healthy Vision Month Web site at 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.