National Academies Report Calls for Increased Focus on Eye Health in Public Health Initiatives; Holds Conference to Spur Action on Recommendations

This week, ASCRS and the ophthalmic community participated in a conference held by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Health and Medicine Division to plot a course of action to implement recommendations made in the recently published study, “Making Eye Health a Population Health Imperative: Vision for Tomorrow.” The study found that vision impairment is a significant public health problem, which “affects the health, economic well-being, and productivity of individuals, families, and society as a whole.” However, most current public health objectives do not currently include eye conditions, particularly chronic diseases. The report urges increased efforts to include surveillance and research of eye disease in public health goals. This week’s conference focused on strategies to influence public health efforts, and brainstorm strategies for reaching vulnerable populations who do not receive sufficient preventative or chronic care for eye diseases.