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May 2005

NHM Health Focus: Healthy Vision Month


Resources for Visually Impaired
 – Eye Health Organization Database (NEI)
 –Visual Impairment and Blindness (MedlinePlus, NIH)
 – Resources for Individuals With Visual Impairment (AAO)

Eye Health Information
Eye Health Information: Diseases and Disorders (NEI)
 – Eye Diseases (MedlinePlus, NLM)
 – Eye and Vision Statistics (AVSL)

 – Eye Health Organization Database (NEI)
 – National Eye Institute (NEI)
 – American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)
 – American Optometric Association (AOA)
 – EyeCare America
 – The Glaucoma Foundation
 – The Hadley School for the Blind
 – Lighthouse International
 – Lions Clubs International (LCIF)
 – Macular Degeneration Partnership (MDP)
 – National Association for Visually Handicapped (NAHV)
 – Prevent Blindness America

Healthy Vision Month is sponsored by the National Eye Institute (NEI) and the National Eye Health Education Program Partnership. The NEI is part of the National Institutes of Health, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

This year, the focus of Healthy Vision Month is visual rehabilitation. "Visual rehabilitation" involves training and counseling people with low vision so they can make the most of the eyesight they have and remain independent as they go to school or work, take care of their needs at home, and enjoy leisure activities. Low vision can affect all ages, but it increases dramatically as people age.

Low vision, is not the same as blindness. Low vision is 20/70 or worse and cannot be fully corrected with conventional glasses. People with low vision have some useful sight, but their lack of visual acuity interferes with the performance of everyday activities such as reading the newspaper or other fine print, even while wearing glasses, moving around their homes or elsewhere without bumping into things, traveling at night, or identifying money.

Low vision may be caused by eye diseases and health conditions such as macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma, and diabetes, eye injuries, or birth defects.

Increasing evidence suggests that life style decisions such as the wearing of sunglasses, aerobic exercise, and good nutrition can reduce or prevent vision loss due to macular degeneration, cataracts, and diabetes. Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind.

Access Excellence @ the National Health Museum has these resources related to vision:

Activities Exchange: Classic Collection - How We See: The First Steps of Human Vision
Let's Collaborate: Science Seminar - How to Fix an Eye
Whats News: Science Updates - First Effective Treatment to Slow Vision Loss
Health Headquarters: Question of the Week - Who can you trust?
Health Headquarters: Question of the Week - Fashion Statement
Health Headquarters: Question of the Week - Regulating Contact Lenses
Health Headquarters: Question of the Week - Grandma Always Said ...
Health Headquarters: Health Focus - Preventing Eye Injuries

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