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Glaucoma

Radio Public Service Announcements
(PSAs)

15-second scripts

If Youíre Over 60

If you're over 60, or Black and over 40...blindness from glaucoma is a real possibility. Get an eye examination through dilated pupils, now. Don't lose sight of glaucoma. A message from the National Eye Health Education Program.


Did You Know?

Did you know glaucoma is three times more likely to strike African Americans and can lead to blindness?  Get a dilated eye exam.  For more information, call 1-877-569-8474.  From the Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health.


If You’re African American

If you are African American, you’re at higher risk for glaucoma, an eye disease that can cause blindness.  See the future.  Get a dilated eye exam.  Call 1-877-569-8474.  From the Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health.


30-second scripts

Don’t Lose Sight

You could be going blind and not know it. That's what glaucoma does. It sneaks up on you gradually. Especially if you're over 60, or Black and over 40. Glaucoma can't be cured. But it can be controlled and the risk of blindness reduced if glaucoma is detected early. That's why it's so important to get an eye examination through dilated pupils. It doesn't hurt, it's easy, and it could save your sight. Get your eyes examined. Don't lose sight of glaucoma. A public service of the National Eye Health Education Program.


Driving Dad

Driving Dad (30 second sound file)

Girl 1: It’s no big deal, Dad.  Doc said it would only take a few minutes.

Father: I hate going to the doctor.

Girl 2: But you’re in a high-risk group for glaucoma.

Announcer: If you’re African American, you are at higher risk for glaucoma, an eye disease that can cause blindness.

Girl 1: You’ll feel better knowing, Dad. 

Girl 2: Imagine what it would be like to lose your vision.

Announcer: See the future.  Get a dilated eye exam.  Call 1-877-569-8474.  From the Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health.


60-second scripts

Did You Know?

Did you know that you could be going blind and not even know it? That's what glaucoma does. It sneaks up on you gradually. It's a leading cause of blindness in all adults over 60. But some people are especially at risk. If you're Black and over 40, you're up to five times more likely to get glaucoma. Or if you have a family history of glaucoma, you're also at high risk. Glaucoma can't be cured, but it can be controlled and the risk of blindness reduced-if glaucoma is detected and treated in time. That's why it's so important for people at increased risk, especially if you're Black and over 40, to have an eye examination through dilated pupils every two years. It doesn't hurt, it's easy, and it could save your sight. So make an appointment, now. Get your eyes examined. Don't lose sight of glaucoma. For more facts, write 2020 Vision Place, Bethesda, Maryland 20892. A public service of the National Eye Health Education Program.


Conversations

Conversations (60 second sound file)

Man 1: Yeah, I heard about glaucoma.  It’s got to do with your eyes, right?

Man 2: It’s a disease that, if left untreated, could cost you your sight.

Man 1: Well, my eyes are good.  Why should I care?

Man 2: You’re an African American.  Glaucoma is three times more likely to strike you, just because of who you are.  That’s why you should care.

Man 1: Okay.  Okay.  So, what should I do now?

Man 2: See your eye care professional and get a dilated eye exam, that’s what.  You’ve had your eyes checked before, right?

Man 1: No, but I’ve never had any problems with my vision.

Man 2: Most people who have it don’t even know they do.  It’s sneaky, man. That’s why you need to see your eye care professional. 

Female announcer: If you are African American, it’s important to get a dilated eye exam to make sure you catch glaucoma early enough to treat it.  See the future.  Get the exam.  For information about glaucoma, call 1-877-569-8474.  Brought to you by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health.


Jazz

Jazz (60 second sound file)

Music under: Jazz band—piano, drums, base, horns)

Announcer: Cool jazz.  Sounds great, huh?  I want to make a point with this music—about your vision, and a disease called glaucoma.  Imagine your sight was like your hearing.  If you had full hearing, you’d be hearing the whole band, but with glaucoma, your sight begins to go—around the edges at first.

(The music is now only piano and drums; the base and horns have faded out.)

Announcer: If left untreated, glaucoma can cause a total loss of vision.  Just like that—

(Drums fade out and only the piano is left. Then the piano fades out.)

Announcer: And there is no cure for glaucoma.  But if you catch it early through a dilated eye exam and treat it, your vision can be preserved.  And if you are an African American over the age of 40, you are at higher risk. 

(Full band comes back in.)

Announcer: So see your eye care professional, and get a dilated eye exam.  Save your sight. Just like that.  See the future.  For more information about glaucoma, call: 1-877-569-8474.  Brought to you by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health.





Department of Health and Human Services NIH, the National Institutes of Health USA.gov