On May 19, Prevent Blindness and the National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health (NCCVEH) joined leading groups in presenting recommendations to the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) Committee on Public Health Approaches to Reduce Vision Impairment and Promote Eye Health.
This new committee of the IOM includes experts across multiple disciplines. Its work 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:
Prevent Blindness and the NCCVEH are pleased to be a sponsor of the IOM study on Public Health Approaches to Reduce Vision Impairment and Improve Eye Health, and strongly endorse the Committee’s Statement of Task in its entirety.
We strongly endorse this Committee’s Statement of Task in its entirety, but there are a few areas that are especially relevant to our work:
Finally, we would like to note that well designed and properly administered vision screening programs are appropriate and essential elements of a strong public health approach to vision care. A screening is not a competing health care strategy with an eye exam. Rather, they are complementary interventions. The purpose of vision screening is to increase the number of individuals in need of care who ultimately receive comprehensive eye exams and necessary treatment.