Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Prevent Blindness America - Be A Voice for Vision!

I received an email from Prevent Blindness America and decided to share it with readers today to take action and become a voice for vision.

If you are not familiar with the organization, check out their website which has a wealth of information about children's vision, advocacy, education, as well as an Eye Patch Club and a Parents Forum for Amblyopia.

Here is how you can help...

Be A Voice for Vision!

Prevent Blindness America is working diligently to secure FY 2010 appropriations for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Vision Health Initiative (VHI), the National Institutes of Health and the National Eye Institute.

Our FY 2010 request was for $4.5 million for the VHI. The recently passed House Appropriations Committee's allocation falls short of this request. We need your voice NOW. Please contact your Senators and request the full $4.5 million for the Vision Health Initiative.

The $4.5 million in funding would sustain and expand efforts to address the growing public health threat of preventable vision loss among older Americans, low-income, and under-served populations. It would also increase funding to support eye disease surveillance and evaluation systems, to ensure our nation has much-needed epidemiological data regarding overall burden and high-risk populations, so we can formulate and evaluate strategies to prevent and reduce the economic and social costs associated with vision loss and eye diseases.

You can be a voice for vision. The Senate Appropriations Committee will begin working on FY 2010 appropriations this month. Click here to send a letter to your Senators to support funding for sight-saving programs.

Please Take Action!

Thank you for your efforts to preserve sight and prevent vision loss!

Jennifer Pennock
Director, Government Affairs
Prevent Blindness America

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