Write the Vision provides resources with a specific focus and theme that corresponds with the time of year. Use these resources in your community outreach to educate African Americans about the importance of comprehensive dilated eye exams.

Happy Birthday, Bright Eyes

Celebrate healthy vision with a dilated eye exam.
With each birthday your sight becomes more precious. So, this year, why not celebrate your ability to see all the beautiful things around you? African Americans are at higher risk for eye diseases that can cause vision loss. Common eye diseases like glaucoma and diabetic eye disease often have no early warning signs, but they can be detected and treated early, before vision loss occurs.

Encourage members of your organization and the communities you serve to protect their vision and get a comprehensive dilated eye exam. Different from a basic eye exam for glasses or contacts, a comprehensive dilated eye exam is when an eye care professional dilates, or widens, your pupils to look for signs of damage to your retina and optic nerve. Having this sight-saving exam will help protect your vision for many birthday celebrations to come. Share this important message by distributing the following materials:

Article

Use this article in any of your publications or newsletters to educate people about eye health. You can copy and paste the text into a new document or download and use the file as is.

Slide/flyer

Please share this slide/flyer with the people in your community. Include it in presentations and weekly congregational announcements, place in common areas, and post on your website and social media pages.

Featured resource

Check out our April eye health feature, the Comprehensive dilated eye exam video.

Social media posts for April

Here are the Write the Vision social media posts for April. We hope you are as excited as we are to share them. Get the word out in the community by sharing these posts about healthy vision. Join the national conversation by using the hashtag #MyHealthyEyes. 

Facebook posts

Woman smiling at the cake with burning candles.   NIH,  National Eye Institute. NEHEP, National Eye Health Education Program.

This year, as you celebrate another birthday, make your wish for healthy vision come true. Make an appointment for a comprehensive dilated eye exam. Schedule one today. If you need to find an eye care provider, here are some helpful tips: https://nei.nih.gov/learn-about-eye-health/healthy-vision/finding-eye-doctor

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The Comprehensive Dilated Eye Exam: Opening the Door to Preventing Blindness. NIH,  National Eye Institute. NEHEP, National Eye Health Education Program.

Early detection and treatment can help prevent vision loss from many eye diseases and conditions, especially as you age. Early detection includes getting a comprehensive dilated eye exam. Learn more: http://bit.ly/2tXM7XF

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Twitter posts

Woman smiling at the cake with burning candles.   NIH,  National Eye Institute. NEHEP, National Eye Health Education Program.

As you celebrate your birthday, make your wish for #HealthyVision come true. Get a dilated eye exam. Find an eye doctor: https://nei.nih.gov/learn-about-eye-health/healthy-vision/finding-eye-doctor

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The Comprehensive Dilated Eye Exam: Opening the Door to Preventing Blindness. NIH,  National Eye Institute. NEHEP, National Eye Health Education Program.

Early detection and treatment can help prevent #VisionLoss from many eye diseases and conditions. Learn more: http://bit.ly/2tXM7XF

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Last updated: July 5, 2019