It might be summer, but that is no reason to be lazy about protecting your eyes. While you’re soaking up the sun, don’t forget to wear sunglasses with UVA/B protection and sunblock of course.
Here at the National Eye Health Education Program (NEHEP), we are not letting the heat slow us down. In addition to planning for NEI’s upcoming 50th anniversary, we are busy preparing for Healthy Aging® Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, and National Diabetes Month activities this fall. We and our Partner Organizations also have some other exciting projects in the works.
NEHEP has just launched Write the Vision: Make Your Plan to Protect Your Sight, a program designed specifically for African Americans, who are at higher risk for eye diseases like diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma. Visit the new website to learn about and get involved with this important initiative, which promotes having comprehensive dilated eye exams for the early detection and treatment of eye disease. You’ll find more information about eye health among African Americans and resources you can use to spread the word year round, including drop-in articles, fact sheets, and social media posts.
You may notice things look a little different in this issue. We’ve given Outlook a fresh new look, starting with a new banner at the top. But have no fear. All the features you look forward to are still here, just packaged to make them easier to find. Enjoy, and of course let us know what you think.
We would not be able to do what we do without the help and support of our fabulous NEHEP Planning Committee. The committee, which advises the National Eye Institute on the overall development, implementation, and evaluation of NEHEP activities, comprises experts in eye care and public health education. We’ve included an article highlighting the work the committee has been doing and how it is making a difference. Thanks to the committee and all of you for spreading the message of the importance of eye health information in ways that are meaningful and relevant to our target populations.