NEHEP has developed traditional and social media resources to help you reach African Americans about eye disease. Join the national conversation by using the hashtag #WriteTheVision.

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AFRICAN AMERICANS and Eye Health: Glaucoma African Americans are at higher risk for certain eye diseases, which usually have no warning signs. Left untreated, they can cause vision loss, even blindness. But vision loss can often be prevented.

Did you know African Americans are at higher risk for glaucoma? They are also more likely to get glaucoma at a younger age and lose vision from the disease. Learn more: https://nei.nih.gov/learn-about-eye-health/eye-conditions-and-diseases/glaucoma

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Illustration of the undilated and dilated pupil, showing how much of the retina can be seen.

Half of the people with glaucoma don’t know they have it, and African Americans are at higher risk. The only way to find out if you have glaucoma is to get a comprehensive dilated eye exam. Learn about eye exams here: https://nei.nih.gov/learn-about-eye-health/healthy-vision/get-dilated-eye-exam

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A collage of photos. Top left image shows a family of three generations. Right image shows a young woman hugging an older woman. Bottom left image shows an older man. Bottom center image shows a woman and man. Bottom right image shows an older woman.  NIH,  National Eye Institute. NEHEP, National Eye Health Education Program.

It's Black History Month. Prepare for the future by knowing your past, especially your family's eye health history. Some eye diseases run in families, but you can protect your sight. Get more information on eye disease from this infographic: https://www.nei.nih.gov/sites/default/files/2019-07/20940644781_ae51d3f076_o.jpg

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A male doctor examining a male patient’s eye.  NIH,  National Eye Institute. NEHEP, National Eye Health Education Program.

Many eye diseases have no early warning signs. But early detection and treatment can help save your sight. Learn more with this infographic: https://www.nei.nih.gov/sites/default/files/2019-07/20940644781_ae51d3f076_o.jpg

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AFRICAN AMERICANS and Eye Health: Low Vision African Americans are at higher risk for vision loss from certain eye diseases. If you are living with vision loss, vision rehabilitation can help you make the most of the vision you do have and maintain your independence. LOW VISION Low vision is when even with regular glasses, contact lenses, medicine, or surgery people have difficulty seeing, making everyday tasks difficult to do. APPROXIMATELY 188,000 AFRICAN AMERICANS HAVE LOW VISION. May reach 366,000 by 20

If everyday tasks like cooking, cleaning, and watching TV are hard to do even with glasses, contact lenses, or corrective surgery, you may have low vision. Learn more with this infographic: https://medialibrary.nei.nih.gov/sites/default/files/media-images/NEI-medialibrary-2677093.jpg

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Older African American woman wearing glasses holding a magnifying glass reading a paper. 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 many eye diseases and conditions that can cause low vision, such as glaucoma and diabetes. Learn more about low vision and how people with low vision can make the most of the sight they do have with this series of videos: https://www.nei.nih.gov/learn-about-eye-health/eye-conditions-and-diseases/low-vision/living-low-vision 

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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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CggGEzA9L6A

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Young woman hugging an older woman.  NIH,  National Eye Institute. NEHEP, National Eye Health Education Program, a program of the National Institutes of Health.

This Mother's Day, give the women in your family a gift that will help them see and be their best—a comprehensive dilated eye exam. Learn more: https://nei.nih.gov/sites/default/files/2019-05/DilatedEyeExamParticipantHandout_tagged.pdf

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Woman wearing glasses looking at an eye chart with the following letters: E, N, T, Z, P, X, P, E, D, L, F, T, D, Z, and U. NIH,  National Eye Institute. NEHEP, National Eye Health Education Program, a program of the National Institutes of Health.

Did you know women are at higher risk for eye diseases and conditions because they typically live longer than men? Help make sure the women in your life maintain healthy vision for the rest of their lives. Learn about age-related eye diseases and conditions: https://nei.nih.gov/sites/default/files/2019-05/VandAToolkit_Mod1_Handout_508.pdf

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Three generations of men holding fishing poles.  NIH,  National Eye Intitute. NEHEP, National Eye Health Education Program.

When you're spending time with dad this Father's Day, talk to him about how much you care for his eyes and tell him to get a dilated eye exam. Learn more: https://nei.nih.gov/learn-about-eye-health/healthy-vision/get-dilated-eye-exam

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Woman with her arm around a man’s shoulder.  NIH,  National Eye Intitute. NEHEP, National Eye Health Education Program.

If it's been a long time since your Dad saw an eye care provider, schedule an appointment for him today. African Americans are at higher risk for eye diseases and conditions, but early detection and treatment can help save sight. Learn more with this fact sheet: https://nei.nih.gov/sites/default/files/2019-07/20940644781_ae51d3f076_o.jpg

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Diabetic eye disease. What is it? It refers to eye problems people with diabetes may have. These include: Cataract, Clouding of the lens of the eye; diabetic retinopathy, damage to blood vessels in the retina; and glaucoma, damage to the optic nerve. There are often NO early warning signs.

Diabetic eye disease is a group of diseases that includes cataract, diabetic retinopathy, and glaucoma. They often have no early symptoms. If you have diabetes, don’t wait until you notice problems to have an eye exam. Get a comprehensive dilated eye exam at least once a year: https://nei.nih.gov/learn-about-eye-health/eye-conditions-and-diseases/diabetic-retinopathy

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Infocard:  If you have diabetes, keep your health on…TRACK T-take your medications as prescribed by your doctor. R-reach and maintain a healthy weight. A-add more [physical activity to your daily routine. C-control your ABC’s A1C, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels. K-kick the smoking habit. Website URL www.nei.nih.gov/diabetes. Logo NIH National Eye Institute. Logo National Eye Health Education Program, a program of the National Institutes of Health.

African Americans are at higher risk for developing diabetes and eye health complications such as diabetic eye disease. If you have diabetes, keep your health on TRACK: Take your medication. Reach and maintain a healthy weight. Add physical activity to your daily routine. Control your blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol. Kick the smoking habit. Learn more: http://bit.ly/2fYzvrC

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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.

This year’s family reunion is a great time to get your family health history updated. 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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Man stretching. NIH, National Eye Institute. NEHEP, National Eye Health Education Program, a program of the National Institutes of Health.

As we age, we know we need to take better care of our bodies. Our eyes are no exception. Older adults are at increased risk for vision loss from many eye diseases and conditions that often have no early symptoms. Learn more: https://nei.nih.gov/sites/default/files/2019-05/VandAToolkit_Mod1_Handout_508.pdf

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Woman hugging child. NIH, National Eye Institute. NEHEP, National Eye Health Education Program, a program of the National Institutes of Health.

Just like children need to see clearly to perform well in school, adults need healthy vision to perform their best. As we age, we are at increased risk for a variety of eye diseases, but early detection and treatment can help prevent vision loss. Learn more: https://nei.nih.gov/sites/default/files/2019-05/VandAToolkit_Mod1_Handout_508.pdf

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Man and woman holding hands walking. NIH, National Eye Intitute. NEHEP, National Eye Health Education Program.

Seasons aren’t the only things that change. As you age, your vision can change, too. Some changes are common, like losing focus and needing more light, but vision loss is not a normal part of aging. Learn more: https://nei.nih.gov/learn-about-eye-health/eye-conditions-and-diseases/low-vision

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Woman running upstairs. NIH, National Eye Intitute. NEHEP, National Eye Health Education Program, a program of the National Institutes of Health.

If you want to see well for a lifetime, take steps to ensure healthy vision: Get a dilated eye exam, know your family eye health history, and wear sunglasses that block 99% to 100% of UVA/UVB radiation. Learn more: https://nei.nih.gov/learn-about-eye-health/healthy-vision/keep-your-eyes-healthy 

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Infocard:  If you have diabetes, keep your health on…TRACK T-take your medications as prescribed by your doctor. R-reach and maintain a healthy weight. A-add more [physical activity to your daily routine. C-control your ABC’s A1C, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels. K-kick the smoking habit. Website URL www.nei.nih.gov/diabetes. Logo NIH National Eye Institute. Logo National Eye Health Education Program, a program of the National Institutes of Health.

Do you have friends or loved ones with diabetes? Share this video with tips to help keep their health on track: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VX4w6U-Qs1k

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African American father, son, and mother smiling; the son has one hand on each parent’s cheek. NIH, National Eye Institute. NEHEP, National Eye Health Education Program, a program of the National Institutes of Health.

During National Diabetes Month, learn about the eye health complications that people who have diabetes can get. Vision lost from diabetic eye disease often cannot be restored, but early detection and timely treatment can save sight. Learn more: https://nei.nih.gov/learn-about-eye-health/learn-about-eye-health/eye-conditions-and-diseases/diabetic-retinopathy

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Three generations opening presents in front of a tree.  NIH,  National Eye Intitute. NEHEP, National Eye Health Education Program.

This season, have a happy and healthy holiday. Give the gift of healthy vision. Encourage your loved ones to get a comprehensive dilated eye exam. Learn more: https://youtu.be/MGNsrHFD8pk

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Infographic. Take advantage of…Medicare benefit for Diabetes Eye Disease. If you have diabetes, Medicare will help pay for eye exams. Take advantage of benefits that may save your sight.

Every family has holiday traditions, big and small. Create a new tradition this year by giving the gift of healthy vision. Remind the older adults in your life that Medicare will help pay for a dilated eye exam if they qualify. Learn more: https://nei.nih.gov/learn-about-eye-health/resources-for-health-educators/vision-and-aging-resources/medicare-benefit-eye-health

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AFRICAN AMERICANS and Eye Health: Glaucoma African Americans are at higher risk for certain eye diseases, which usually have no warning signs. Left untreated, they can cause vision loss, even blindness. But vision loss can often be prevented.

#DidYouKnow #AfricanAmericans are at higher risk for #glaucoma and more likely to get it at a younger age? https://nei.nih.gov/learn-about-eye-health/eye-conditions-and-diseases/glaucoma

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Illustration of the undilated and dilated pupil, showing how much of the retina can be seen.

Half of people with #glaucoma don’t know they have it. #AfricanAmericans are at higher risk. Get a dilated eye exam. https://nei.nih.gov/learn-about-eye-health/healthy-vision/get-dilated-eye-exam

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A collage of photos. Top left image shows a family of three generations. Right image shows a young woman hugging an older woman. Bottom left image shows an older man. Bottom center image shows a woman and man. Bottom right image shows an older woman.  NIH,  National Eye Institute. NEHEP, National Eye Health Education Program.

It's #BlackHistoryMonth. Prepare for the future by knowing your past, especially your family's eye health history: https://www.nei.nih.gov/sites/default/files/2019-07/20940644781_ae51d3f076_o.jpg

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A male doctor examining a male patient’s eye.  NIH,  National Eye Institute. NEHEP, National Eye Health Education Program.

Many #EyeDiseases have no early warning signs. But early detection and treatment can help save your sight: https://www.nei.nih.gov/sites/default/files/2019-07/20940644781_ae51d3f076_o.jpg

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AFRICAN AMERICANS and Eye Health: Low Vision African Americans are at higher risk for vision loss from certain eye diseases. If you are living with vision loss, vision rehabilitation can help you make the most of the vision you do have and maintain your independence. LOW VISION Low vision is when even with regular glasses, contact lenses, medicine, or surgery people have difficulty seeing, making everyday tasks difficult to do. APPROXIMATELY 188,000 AFRICAN AMERICANS HAVE LOW VISION. May reach 366,000 by 20

If everyday tasks like cooking & cleaning are hard to do even w/ glasses or contacts, you may have #LowVision. Learn more: https://medialibrary.nei.nih.gov/sites/default/files/media-images/NEI-medialibrary-2677093.jpg

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Older African American woman wearing glasses holding a magnifying glass reading a paper. 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 many eye diseases and conditions that can cause #LowVision. Learn more: https://www.nei.nih.gov/learn-about-eye-health/eye-conditions-and-diseases/low-vision/living-low-vision

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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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Young woman hugging an older woman.  NIH,  National Eye Institute. NEHEP, National Eye Health Education Program, a program of the National Institutes of Health.

This #MothersDay, give the women in your family a gift that will help them see & be their best—a dilated eye exam: https://nei.nih.gov/sites/default/files/2019-05/DilatedEyeExamParticipantHandout_tagged.pdf

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Woman wearing glasses looking at an eye chart with the following letters: E, N, T, Z, P, X, P, E, D, L, F, T, D, Z, and U. NIH,  National Eye Institute. NEHEP, National Eye Health Education Program, a program of the National Institutes of Health.

#Women are at higher risk for eye diseases & conditions because they typically live longer than men. More: https://nei.nih.gov/sites/default/files/2019-05/VandAToolkit_Mod1_Handout_508.pdf #DYK

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Three generations of men holding fishing poles.  NIH,  National Eye Intitute. NEHEP, National Eye Health Education Program.

This #Father'sDay, tell Dad how much you care for his eyes and tell him to get a dilated eye exam. Learn more: https://nei.nih.gov/learn-about-eye-health/healthy-vision/get-dilated-eye-exam

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Woman with her arm around a man’s shoulder.  NIH,  National Eye Intitute. NEHEP, National Eye Health Education Program.

African Americans are at higher risk for eye diseases, but early detection and treatment can help save sight: https://nei.nih.gov/sites/default/files/2019-07/20940644781_ae51d3f076_o.jpg

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Diabetic eye disease. What is it? It refers to eye problems people with diabetes may have. These include: Cataract, Clouding of the lens of the eye; diabetic retinopathy, damage to blood vessels in the retina; and glaucoma, damage to the optic nerve. There are often NO early warning signs.

African Americans are at higher risk for #diabetes & eye problems like #DiabeticEyeDisease: https://nei.nih.gov/learn-about-eye-health/eye-conditions-and-diseases/diabetic-retinopathy

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Infocard:  If you have diabetes, keep your health on…TRACK T-take your medications as prescribed by your doctor. R-reach and maintain a healthy weight. A-add more [physical activity to your daily routine. C-control your ABC’s A1C, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels. K-kick the smoking habit. Website URL www.nei.nih.gov/diabetes. Logo NIH National Eye Institute. Logo National Eye Health Education Program, a program of the National Institutes of Health.

#DiabeticEyeDisease has no early symptoms. Don’t wait. Get a dilated eye exam at least once a year: http://bit.ly/2fYzvrC

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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.

Update your family health history at this year’s reunion. #AfricanAmericans are at higher risk for #glaucoma. More: https://www.nei.nih.gov/learn-about-eye-health/eye-conditions-and-diseases/glaucoma

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Man stretching. NIH, National Eye Institute. NEHEP, National Eye Health Education Program, a program of the National Institutes of Health.

As we age, we know we need to take better care of our bodies. Our #eyes are no exception. Learn more: https://nei.nih.gov/sites/default/files/2019-05/VandAToolkit_Mod1_Handout_508.pdf

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Woman hugging child. NIH, National Eye Institute. NEHEP, National Eye Health Education Program, a program of the National Institutes of Health.

Children need to see clearly to do well in school, and adults need #HealthyVision to do their best. Learn more: https://nei.nih.gov/sites/default/files/2019-05/VandAToolkit_Mod1_Handout_508.pdf

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Man and woman holding hands walking. NIH, National Eye Intitute. NEHEP, National Eye Health Education Program.

Seasons change, and as you age, your vision can change, too. Vision loss is not a normal part of aging. Learn more: https://nei.nih.gov/learn-about-eye-health/eye-conditions-and-diseases/low-vision

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Woman running upstairs. NIH, National Eye Intitute. NEHEP, National Eye Health Education Program, a program of the National Institutes of Health.

To see well for a lifetime, get a dilated eye exam, know your family eye health history, and wear sunglasses. More: https://nei.nih.gov/learn-about-eye-health/healthy-vision/keep-your-eyes-healthy 

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Infocard:  If you have diabetes, keep your health on…TRACK T-take your medications as prescribed by your doctor. R-reach and maintain a healthy weight. A-add more [physical activity to your daily routine. C-control your ABC’s A1C, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels. K-kick the smoking habit. Website URL www.nei.nih.gov/diabetes. Logo NIH National Eye Institute. Logo National Eye Health Education Program, a program of the National Institutes of Health.

Do you have friends or loved ones with #diabetes? Share this video to help keep their health on track: http://bit.ly/1jqHi33

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African American father, son, and mother smiling; the son has one hand on each parent’s cheek. NIH, National Eye Institute. NEHEP, National Eye Health Education Program, a program of the National Institutes of Health.

During National Diabetes Month, learn about the eye health complications that people who have #diabetes can get: https://nei.nih.gov/learn-about-eye-health/learn-about-eye-health/eye-conditions-and-diseases/diabetic-retinopathy

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Three generations opening presents in front of a tree.  NIH,  National Eye Intitute. NEHEP, National Eye Health Education Program.

This #season, have a happy & healthy holiday. Encourage loved ones to get a dilated eye exam: http://bit.ly/1lMCi8S

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Infographic. Take advantage of…Medicare benefit for Diabetes Eye Disease. If you have diabetes, Medicare will help pay for eye exams. Take advantage of benefits that may save your sight.

This #season, remind the older adults in your life that Medicare will help pay for a dilated eye exam if they qualify. Learn more: https://nei.nih.gov/learn-about-eye-health/resources-for-health-educators/vision-and-aging-resources/medicare-benefit-eye-health

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Last updated: July 11, 2019