In the U.S, 1 in 4 kids have a vision problem, and nearly 1 in 10 adults suffer from vision loss. But most cases of blindness can be prevented or treated, beginning with a single visit to an eye doctor.
The problem is, not everyone can access care. And because of that, some members of our most vulnerable communities are losing out on more than just their sight.
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Posted by See Now on Wednesday, 18 January 2017
Losing your sight means you’re less able to succeed in school or keep your job, and the people impacted the most are often the least able to pay. Millions of Americans still unnecessarily experience vision loss or blindness, and many of these cases are preventable.
Loss of vision costs the U.S. $145 billion a year, but the federal government spends just $3.8 million on preventive efforts to stop it. That’s why, with your help, we are calling on Congress to dedicate another $6.3 million to prevent blindness in children and adults. With these funds, we’ll be able to help 15 million more Americans live a life with healthy sight.
The House and Senate Appropriations Committees have the power to allocate this funding. Will you help us reach our target of 20,000 people before they start discussions in March?
Learn more about the campaign and our ask at the Prevent Blindness website.