January, 2015
Children's Vision Massachusetts is a coalition representing optometry, ophthalmology, nursing, pediatrics, public health and families. Its mission is to create a systematic approach to children's vision care that assures that all children develop and retain their best possible vision.

Vision Health Systems for Preschool Aged Children
Recommendations of the National Expert Panel of the National Center for Children's Vision and Eye Health

Children's Vision Massachusetts coalition members Jean Ramsey, MD, MPH, Bruce Moore, OD, and Stacy Lyons, OD served on the National Expert Panel of the National Center for Children's Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness that recently published recommendations providing an evidence-based approach to vision screening in children ages 3-5 years, as well as system-based public health strategies to ensure improved surveillance and program accountability as it relates to children's vision in the United States. The articles can be found in the January 2015 issue of Optometry and Vision Science.


For a copy of the recommendations and additional information on children's eye health, the NCCVEH or Prevent Blindness, visit Prevent Blindness Website.


There will be a free webinar to provide an overview of these papers on January 23, 2015 at 10:30am EST. To register for the webinar click here!  

New Institute of Medicine Study


Prevent Blindness and the National Center for Children's Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness are co-sponsoring, along with other organizations, a new Institute of Medicine (IOM) study entitled "Public Health Approaches to Reduce Vision Impairment and Promote Eye Health." 


According to the IOM, a committee of experts across multiple disciplines will produce 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 final report, anticipated to be released in 2016, will describe limitations and opportunities to:

  1. Improve vision and eye health surveillance;
  2. Reduce vision and eye health disparities;
  3. Promote evidence-based strategies to improve knowledge, access and utilization to eye care;
  4. Identify comorbid conditions and characterize their impact; and
  5. Promote health for people with vision impairment.





2015 Joanne Angle Investigator Award- A Research Grant by Prevent Blindness


Deadline: March 6, 2015 at 12pm Eastern

The 2015 Joanne Angle Investigator Award provides funding for research investigating public health related to eye health and safety. Applications will be accepted in the following priority areas in adult vision, children's vision, or eye injury:

  1. Burden/economic aspects of eye disease/vision loss on society
  2. Best practices to integrate vision screening/follow up care to system care access
  3. Vision program effectiveness/evaluation
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