Two not-for-profit organizations serving people who are blind or visually impaired in Cincinnati, OH would like to remind the community that May is Healthy Vision Month. The National Eye Institute (NEI) established Healthy Vision Month in May of 2003 with the purpose of promoting the importance of early detection and treatment, as well as the use of proper eye safety practices in preventing vision loss and blindness.
According to Prevent Blindness Ohio, nearly 150,000 Ohioans currently suffer from some type of visual impairment and these statistics will double by the year 2030 without significant preventative efforts, vision research and education.
Clovernook Center’s President Robin Usalis states, “There are many precautions which can be taken to reduce the amount of damage done to our eyesight and Healthy Vision Month reminds us to take these precautions. Scheduling regular eye exams, for example, is one easy way to maintain healthy vision.”
“Just as we all try to eat right and exercise, we should make similar lifestyle choices to reduce vision loss later in life,” CABVI Executive Director John Mitchell said. “Healthy vision should be a part of any wellness plan, and has been made relatively easy, in-part to the specialized services offered by CABVI and the Clovernook Center.”
Fortunately, Cincinnati Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired (CABVI) and Clovernook Center exist to provide services to residents of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky who are suffering from vision loss. Services between the two organizations include but, are not limited to: orientation and mobility instruction, youth services, community employment services and low vision services.
Both CABVI and Clovernook Center would like to acknowledge the importance of maintaining healthy vision and encourage the community to take care of their eyesight. For more information about Clovernook Center or CABVI, please visit: www.clovernook.org or www.cincyblind.org.