Prevent Blindness America Public Health Documents

These reports provide information about the state of eye and vision health in the United States and identify national, state and local challenges and opportunities for public health approaches to vision care.

A Plan for the Development of State-Based Vision Programs Summary of a Retreat on Public Health Vision Preservation
This report makes recommendations to enhance the collaboration of organizations in initiating system changes and strengthen state efforts in the prevention of vision loss and preservation of eye health.
 
Improving the Nation's Vision Health: A Coordinated Public Health Approach
Developed through the efforts of the CDC Vision Health Initiative and diverse stakeholders, this report highlights a national public health framework to prevent vision impairment and blindness and coordinate prevention and rehabilitation efforts between all sectors. It provides comprehensive and coordinated vision health strategies and activities that will serve to provide forward momentum at this critical juncture in time.
 
Our Vision for Children's Vision: A National Call to Action for the Advancement of Children's Vision and Eye Health
This 2010 edition provides a six-plank platform for children's vision and eye health encompassing professional vision care, children's vision screening, school readiness as it relates to vision, children's eye safety, public awareness and pediatric vision research.
 
Prevent Blindness America: Working to Advance Public Health, Vision and Eye Care in the U.S.
A Summary Report of a Five-Year Cooperative Agreement with the Vision Health Initiative of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2003-2008).
 
The Economic Impact of Vision Problems: The Toll of Major Adult Eye Disorders, Visual Impairment and Blindness on the U.S. Economy
This report describes the economic burden of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), cataract, diabetic retinopathy, primary open angle glaucoma and refractive error. It also looks at the economic impact of vision problems and blindness.
 
The State of Vision, Aging, and Public Health in America
Vision impairment is a serious public health concern among older adults, affecting more than 2.9 million people in the United States. This issue brief summarizes the prevalence of vision loss and eye diseases reported by people aged 65 or older, and it provides information about access to eye care, health status, and comorbid conditions among older adults.
 
UV and Our Nation's Vision - Insights from the Congressional Briefing
From sunburn to skin cancer, almost everyone is aware of the damage that ultraviolet (UV) radiation can cause to their skin, but very few understand the dangers of UV exposure to their eyesight.
 
The Vision Connection: Integrating Vision into State Health Programs
In 2003, Prevent Blindness America entered into a significant partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to address vision and eye health preservation issues. This report details four collaborations between states and Prevent Blindness America affiliates, illustrating the capacity of states and communities to promote and integrate vision and eye health as a part of community public health initiatives.
 
Vision Preservation and the National Prevention Strategy: A Call to Action
Prevent Blindness America offers this guide as a call to action to those organizations and individuals committed to the work of vision and eye health preservation to link our collective work to the focus areas of the recently released National Prevention Strategy.
 
Vision Problems in the U.S.: Prevalence of Adult Vision Impairment and Age-Related Eye Disease in America (2008 Update to the 2002 Edition)
This report includes information on the prevalence of blindness and vision impairment, significant refractive error, and the four leading eye diseases affecting older Americans: age-related macular degeneration, cataract, diabetic retinopathy, and glaucoma.
 
Vision Problems in the United States: Recommendations for a State Public Health Response
In 2004, the Chronic Disease Directors (CDD) established a Vision Loss/Blindness Prevention Committee. This report comprises the committee's recommendations about the potential role for state public health agencies in vision conservation.