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Group hopes to open eyes to vision wellness

CHICAGO — Prevent Blindness America, the nation's oldest volunteer eye health organization, has been dedicated to protecting vision in the workplace for decades and has designated March as Workplace Vision Wellness Month in an effort to educate corporations and their employees on the importance of vision health.
The non-profit group offers the Prevent Blindness America Healthy Eyes Vision Wellness Program free to employers across the country. The program offers printed posters to hang in common areas of the workplace as well as various eye health educational materials designed to encourage workers to make their vision health a priority. Topics include eye protection recommendations for work or at play, and information on various eye diseases and conditions for adults and children. The materials were developed by leading eye care professionals including ophthalmologists, optometrists and research professionals.
"By promoting eye health and safety in the workplace, companies can actually help reduce their annual healthcare costs."
—Hugh R. Parry, CEO of Prevent Blindness America

"By promoting eye health and safety in the workplace, companies can actually help reduce their annual healthcare costs," Hugh R. Parry, CEO of Prevent Blindness America, said. "An eye exam by a licensed eye care professional can detect the early signs of eye disease, which effects can be lessened if treated early."
In addition, eye exams can help to uncover evidence of other diseases including diabetes or hypertension. The more vision ailments that employees have, the more medical care they utilize, which generates increased health-related expenditures for the employer such as absenteeism, sick leave and premature retirement due to vision-related illness or work related eye injuries.
By joining the Healthy Eyes Vision Wellness Program, participants will receive: Vision Wellness in the Workplace Promotion Guide; Prevent Blindness America's Healthy Vision Observance Calendar; monthly vision health and safety posters; a year of monthly fact sheets based on the Healthy Vision Observance calendar; a free download of the Adult Vision Risk Assessment; and Common Eye Myths poster.
"We hope that companies big or small will sign up for this unique, no-cost program that provides essential information on protecting the eyes of their most precious resource, their employees!" Parry added.
To find out how your company can sign up for the Healthy Eyes Vision Wellness Program or to receive free information on eye safety in the workplace, call Prevent Blindness America at (800) 331-2020 or visit preventblindness.org/wellness.
Founded in 1908, Prevent Blindness America is the nation's leading volunteer eye health and safety organization dedicated to fighting blindness and saving sight.
Focused on promoting a continuum of vision care, Prevent Blindness America touches the lives of millions of people each year through public and professional education, advocacy, certified vision screening and training, community and patient service programs and research.
These services are made possible through the generous support of the American public. Together with a network of affiliates, divisions and chapters, Prevent Blindness America is committed to eliminating preventable blindness in America.
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