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.

Learn your family's eye health history

Knowing if you are at risk for eye disease can save your sight.
As you celebrate Black History Month this February, encourage those you serve to learn about their family's eye health history. Eye diseases like glaucoma run in families. Because many eye diseases have no warning signs or symptoms, early detection is important for preventing vision loss and blindness. African Americans age 40 or older should have a comprehensive dilated eye exam as part of their regular healthcare routine.

Encourage members of your community to protect their vision. Use the following Write the Vision materials to start the conversation:

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.

Infographic

Share this infographic with your networks, community leaders, and partner organizations. Print and place the infographic in common areas, post on your website and social media pages, and encourage others to do the same.

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 February eye health feature, the Healthy vision tip: know your family history video. Watch the video and share the link with others.

Social media posts for February

Here are the Write the Vision social media posts for February. 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

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

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

Twitter posts

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

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

Last updated: July 5, 2019