January 2020
Dear NEHEP Partners,

We hope your 2020 is off to a great start. We’re excited to share the first edition of our new and improved e-newsletter, the Eye Health Connection.

Scroll down to see highlights, events, and opportunities to collaborate from us at the National Eye Institute (NEI) and our National Eye Health Education Program (NEHEP) partners!

Kristina Beaugh Savitske, MPH, CHES
Director, National Eye Health Education Program (NEHEP)
Our new look
Last September, we celebrated the launch of our redesigned website. We love our new look and hope that you do, too!

We updated our content, added features to make the site more accessible for everyone (including users with visual impairments), and made it easier than ever to find resources you can use to teach people in your community about how to protect their vision.
screenshot of the new NEI website
Doctor giving an exam to patient
New eye care guideline for patients with diabetes

The guideline recommends 31 actions optometry doctors can take to improve care for patients with diabetes, including people with symptoms of diabetic eye disease who don’t know they have diabetes.
Talking to Your Doctor About Glaucoma Guide
Doctor-patient conversations made easy with new glaucoma guide
In recognition of Glaucoma Awareness Month, we created a guide to help people who were recently diagnosed with glaucoma have more productive conversations with their doctors.

The guide includes questions for the doctor and prompts to help patients keep track of their glaucoma. Share this printable guide with people who have glaucoma and their doctors!
Infosheet about Thyroid Eye Disease
Free patient resources on thyroid eye disease
Thyroid eye disease (TED), sometimes called Graves' eye disease, is a progressive autoimmune disease that can cause significant vision loss over time.

With support from Horizon Therapeutics, Prevent Blindness offers new educational resources on TED including information about risk factors, symptoms and treatment options. The resources include a free downloadable fact sheet and social media graphics.
Calendar of Events
Woman leader with low vision
February: Low Vision Awareness Month
We’re working with Hadley, Lighthouse Guild, Prevent Blindness, and VisionServe Alliance during Low Vision Awareness Month to encourage people to share their stories about living with low vision.

Starting Monday, February 17, join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter by using the hashtag #LowVisionLeaders!
Other Events
January, 2020: Glaucoma Awareness Month
This year : Research to Prevent Blindness celebrates 60 years in 2020
This year : American Academy of Ophthalmology, EyeCare America program celebrates 35 years in 2020
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