Public Health Approaches to Reduce Vision Impairment and Promote Eye Health

Type: Consensus Study
Topics: Diseases, Health Services, Coverage, and Access, Public Health
Board: Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice

Activity Description

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will conduct a consensus study to examine the core principles and public health strategies to reduce visual impairment and promote eye health in the United States. The study will describe limitations and opportunities to improve vision and eye health surveillance; reduce vision and eye health disparities; promote evidence-based strategies to improve knowledge, access and utilization to eye care; identify comorbid conditions and characterize their impact; and, promote health for people with vision impairment. The study will also examine the potential for public and private collaborations at the community, state, and national levels to elevate vision and eye health as a public health issue.

The study will focus on the following topics:
  • Public health burden of eye disease and vision loss
  • Prevention and care of eye disease and impaired vision
  • Evidence-based health promotion interventions for vision loss
  • Collaborative strategies to promote vision and eye health as a public health priority

As of March 2016, the Health and Medicine Division continues the consensus studies and convening activities previously undertaken by the Institute of Medicine (IOM).

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