NHM Health Focus: Healthy Vision Month
Healthy Vision Month is sponsored by the National Eye Institute (NEI) and the National Eye Health Education Program Partnership. The NEI is part of the National Institutes of Health, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
This year, the focus of Healthy Vision Month is visual rehabilitation. "Visual rehabilitation" involves training and counseling people with low vision so they can make the most of the eyesight they have and remain independent as they go to school or work, take care of their needs at home, and enjoy leisure activities. Low vision can affect all ages, but it increases dramatically as people age.
vision, is not the same as blindness. Low vision is 20/70 or worse
and cannot be fully corrected with conventional glasses. People with
low vision have some useful sight, but their lack of visual acuity interferes
with the performance of everyday activities such as reading the newspaper
or other fine print, even while wearing glasses, moving around their
homes or elsewhere without bumping into things, traveling at night,
or identifying money.
Low vision may be caused by eye diseases and health conditions such as macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma, and diabetes, eye injuries, or birth defects.
Increasing evidence suggests that life style decisions such as the wearing of sunglasses, aerobic exercise, and good nutrition can reduce or prevent vision loss due to macular degeneration, cataracts, and diabetes. Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind.
Access Excellence @ the National Health Museum has these resources related to vision: