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.
Protect your sight
Protect your sight with a comprehensive dilated eye exam.
African Americans are at higher risk for certain eye diseases that, if left untreated, can cause vision loss, even blindness. For example, with glaucoma there are usually no symptoms or pain in the early stages, and half of all people with the disease don't know they have it. So, don't wait until you notice vision problems to see your eye care professional. If you are over 40, protect your sight by getting a comprehensive dilated eye exam every 1 to 2 years.
Share this important message in your community by distributing the following materials:
Find information and tips to help you communicate important eye health messages to African Americans.
- Focus on glaucoma (PDF 2.06 MB)
Share these infographics with your networks, community leaders, and partner organizations. Print and place the infographics in common areas, post on your website and social media pages, and encourage others to do the same.
Check out our August eye health feature, the Don’t lose sight of glaucoma fact sheet (PDF 497.8 MB)
Social media posts for August
Here are the Write the Vision social media posts for August. 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.
Glaucoma has no early warning signs, and half of those with glaucoma don’t know they have it. Vision loss from glaucoma cannot be restored, but early detection and treatment can help save sight. Learn more: https://www.nei.nih.gov/learn-about-eye-health/eye-conditions-and-diseases/glaucoma
African Americans are at higher risk for certain eye diseases, like glaucoma, especially when there’s a family history. Learn other risk factors: https://www.nei.nih.gov/learn-about-eye-health/eye-conditions-and-diseases/glaucoma
#Glaucoma has no early warning signs, and half of those with glaucoma don’t know they have it. Learn more: https://www.nei.nih.gov/learn-about-eye-health/eye-conditions-and-diseases/glaucoma
#AfricanAmericans are at higher risk for #glaucoma. Protect your sight with a comprehensive dilated eye exam. More: https://www.nei.nih.gov/learn-about-eye-health/eye-conditions-and-diseases/glaucoma