PCON: Eye and Vision Health Not Recognized as a Population Health Priority

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Primary Care Optometry News reported on the call to action for the nation’s health outlined in the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) report “Making Eye Health A Population Health Priority:  Vision For Tomorrow“.  Our comittee found that even despite evidence that chronic vision impairment (VI) increases the risk of mortality and morbidity from other chronic conditions, and also is associated with a reduced quality of life, eye and vision health are not adequately recognized as a population health priority or as a means by which to achieve better health equity in the U.S.  A new report from NASEM on health equity further supports this statement, finding that health care alone is not enough to address health inequities.  Along with detailed information from Dr. Andrea Thau, AOA President, my quote was also featured: “As a call to action, this roadmap for the nation supports eye and vision care as fundamental to public health.  It also highlights the need for collaboration in the areas of health care delivery, education, research, and policy to produce long-term and sustainable reductions in preventable and irreversible vision impairment to reduce negative impacts on populations nationwide.”For more, please read on…

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