Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Eyes on Capitol Hill: Giving Voice to Vision

Prevent Blindness America’s new Cost of Vision Problems report was released yesterday and the numbers are staggering. In Texas alone, $4.9 BILLION are spent annually on eye and vision problems and $139 billion are spent annually across the U.S.

Prevent Blindness Texas staff
Debbie Goss and Monica Saenz
at the U.S. Capitol
“It is important that people understand that eye disease is among the most expensive conditions in our country, with over half the cost currently being assumed by aging patients and their families,” said Debbie Goss, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness Texas. 

With this surprising new information, now, more than ever is the time to start advocating for the importance of federal investment in eye health and vision. Prevent Blindness Texas, along with other vision and health organizations, is in Washington, D.C. this week speaking with lawmakers and informing them about how effective public health  initiatives, if funded, can help increase early detection of vision loss, which can reduce the number of people affected by blindness.

Prevent Blindness America's Director of Government Affairs Ali Manson
and Prevent Blindness Texas Board member Kathleen Murphy
with Debbie Goss and Monica Saenz outside of Senator Ted Cruz's office
The event Eyes on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, June 19th is hosted by Prevent Blindness America and gives voice to vision and you can make your voice heard today! Join Eyes on America and simply email, call, tweet or visit your local lawmakers to make a difference! You can send an email directly from this website, find your local officials number here, or find their Twitter handle here

In addition to Eyes on Capitol Hill and Eyes on America, Prevent Blindness America also hosted the 2nd annual Focus on Eye Health National Summit on Tuesday, June 18th where they announced the new Cost of Vision Problems report and hosted speakers.

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