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:

Fact sheet

Find information and tips to help you communicate important eye health messages to African Americans.

Infographics

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.

Featured resource

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. 

Facebook posts

Infocard. Don’t wait for warning signs. A dilated eye exam can detect glaucoma early and save your sight. Sign with an eye and the word warning on it. Logo of NEHEP, a program of the National Institutes of Health. Website URL: www.nei.nih.gov/glaucoma.

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

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Three generations of an African American family sitting on a couch smiling. NIH, National Eye Institute. NEHEP, National Eye Health Education Program, a program of the National Institutes of Health.

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

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Twitter posts

Infocard. Don’t wait for warning signs. A dilated eye exam can detect glaucoma early and save your sight. Sign with an eye and the word warning on it. Logo of NEHEP, a program of the National Institutes of Health. Website URL: www.nei.nih.gov/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

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Three generations of an African American family sitting on a couch smiling. NIH, National Eye Institute. NEHEP, National Eye Health Education Program, a program of the National Institutes of Health.

#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

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Last updated: August 3, 2020