The National Institutes of Health's National Eye Institute (NEI) is encouraging advocacy groups to raise awareness about glaucoma during the month of January. Glaucoma, a group of eye diseases that damages the optic nerve and is a leading cause of permanent vision loss and blindness in the United States, affects an estimated three million Americans, according to the Glaucoma Research Foundation.
NEI’s new Keep Your Vision in the Future: Glaucoma Toolkit, which includes a PowerPoint presentation, speaker’s guide, Glaucoma Eye-Q test PDF, and a fact sheet, is a resource for research and advocacy organizations that wish to plan their own customized awareness events. NEI also has a comprehensive list of sample Twitter and Facebook posts, and website banners that can be used to raise awareness through social media and blogs.
To learn more about glaucoma and how you can raise awareness for it, click here.