NEI is in Vancouver, BC, through May 2 for the annual meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO). This year’s meeting will highlight the journey of eye health research from the lab to the patient — and back again.
Stop by the NEI booth to:
- Try out the new See What I See virtual reality smartphone app
- Get a sneak peek at the redesigned NEI website
See What I See is a virtual reality experience that helps people explore what life is like with vision loss. And with our new See What I See smartphone app, you can have this eye-opening experience at home with an affordable Google Cardboard viewer.
We’ll also be previewing the redesign of nei.nih.gov. Get a sneak peek at the new website before it launches this summer. We’d love your feedback as we put the finishing touches on the redesign, and you can be among the first to see what the new nei.nih.gov has in store!
NEHEP Transitions to NEI Social Media Channels
Have you been following NEHEP on Twitter or Facebook? We’ve got exciting news! To streamline and strengthen NEI’s social media presence, we’ve consolidated all NEHEP and NEI social media content into NEI-branded channels.
On April 1, we retired the @NEHEP Twitter account and rebranded the NEHEP Facebook page to represent all of NEI. We’ll continue to share NEHEP resources and updates across NEI social media channels — that won’t change! But by officially merging NEHEP and NEI social media channels, we can engage more effectively with our partners and the public.
Help support the NEI channels!
When you engage with NEI and NEHEP on social media, please:
- Mention @NatEyeInstitute in relevant Twitter content
- Tag the National Eye Institute Facebook page in relevant Facebook posts
And remember to update any existing materials or webpages that link to the old NEHEP Twitter and Facebook pages.
We look forward to continuing the conversation about eye health education with all of you on social media!
Get Involved in Healthy Vision Month
Every May, NEI uses Healthy Vision Month to help Americans make eye health a priority. This year, our theme is My vision of the future. We’re encouraging young adults to take action for eye health now in order to protect their vision for years to come.
In recent NEI audience research, most participants ages 25 to 35 said they:
- Rarely connect eye health to overall health
- Don’t consider their eye health a priority
- Take their vision for granted
- Believe they have little to no control over vision loss
The good news? We can work together to help young adults prioritize eye health today — so they can see all the things they want to see in the future.
Spread the word about Healthy Vision Month!
The Healthy Vision Month toolkit has information and resources in English and Spanish to help you spread the word in May — and all year round. Visit the website to get free resources like shareable social media graphics, sample newsletter content, and more!
Join the conversation on social media by using #HealthyVisionMonth in all your eye health posts. And get involved with our #MyVisionMyFuture campaign by sharing the steps you’re taking today to protect your vision in the future:
- Just follow this model: I ___ now so I can see ___ in the future. #MyVisionMyFuture
- For example: I wear sunglasses now so I can see the northern lights in the future. #MyVisionMyFuture
So, what’s your vision of the future? Tell us what you want to see — and the eye care action you’re taking to make it happen.
Explore Life with Vision Loss in New Smartphone App
In 2018, NEI developed the See What I See virtual reality (VR) app to help health professionals and caregivers understand vision loss from the patient perspective.
The app simulates vision loss from cataracts and age-related macular degeneration (AMD) in two familiar settings: a grocery store aisle and a city street at night. Users can switch between normal vision, AMD, and cataracts in each setting.
Now, we’ve released a free Google Cardboard version of the app so that anyone with a smartphone and a Google Cardboard viewer can use this educational tool — no additional VR equipment required! You can also find VR videos and images on the app page, to help all NEI audiences better understand and communicate the experience of living with vision loss.
By making the app more accessible, we hope to expand the reach of this empathy-building experience. For example, eye doctors can use it to help explain a diagnosis to family members or encourage preventive behaviors in at-risk patients.
Please share this innovative tool with your networks. Together, we can help everyone understand what it’s like to live with vision loss.