In May 2003, the National Eye Institute (NEI), a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), established “May is Healthy Vision Month (VHM)” as a national eye health observance. The Vision Health Initiative (VHI) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is partnering with the NEI to encourage everyone to make vision a health priority. As we age, vision impairment becomes more common. There are many people living in the US with undetected vision problems, eye diseases, and other conditions. HVM is “designed to elevate vision as a health priority … by promoting the importance of early detection and treatment, as well as the use of proper eye safety practices, in preventing vision loss and blindness.” (NEI)
What can you do to protect your eyes and vision?
One of the most important things you can do is schedule a comprehensive eye exam. During the exam, your eye care professional will examine your eyes to look for common vision problems and eye diseases. A comprehensive eye exam can detect eye diseases and conditions in their early stages. You can protect your eyes and vision by knowing your family’s eye health history, eat right to protect your sight, wear protective eyewear when playing sports or doing activities around the home, and so on. To learn what else you can do to protect your eyes and vision, visit the CDC. The NEI also provides information on different eye diseases and disorders, basic eye anatomy, eye care resources, and a publications and materials list. There are also ways that you, your family and your friends can also get involved in HVM.
We conducted a search in REHABDATA to look for articles dealing with vision, eye health, and blindness. We found a myriad of fascinating articles and books from NIDRR grantees. Here is a sample of what we found:
- Is my world getting smaller? The challenge of living with vision loss. NARIC Accession Number: J62745.
- Targets for rehabilitation: An evidence base for adaptive coping with visual disability. NARIC Accession Number: J64984.
- Eye care sourcebook, third edition. NARIC Accession Number: R08930.
Please visit REHABDATA to complete your own search of the NARIC Collection. We also searched the NIDRR projects and found several projects that are doing research on ways to help people who are blind or low vision:
- Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center: Develop and Evaluate Technology for Low Vision, Blindness, and Multi-Sensory Loss. Project Number: H133E110004.
- RRTC on Employment Outcomes for Individuals Who are Blind or Visually Impaired. Project Number: H133B100022.
- Electronic Tactile Displays for Braille Text and Graphics. Project Number: H133G100072.
Please visit the NIDRR Program Database to complete your own search of the NIDRR Programs.
If you are experiencing blurry vision or other symptoms that are not part of your normal experience, please consult a medical professional right away.