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December Eye Health News from ISPB and PB-IL


Give the Gift of Sight Month

The holiday season brings together families, friends and festivities. During the month of December, Prevent Blindness encourages everyone to reflect on the joys of healthy vision and support sight-saving services.



Geographic Atrophy (GA) Awareness Week
December 5 – December 11

This week is Prevent Blindness’ second annual Geographic Atrophy (GA) Awareness Week. GA is an advanced form of dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD) which affects central vision. GA can lead to progressive and permanent vision loss.

To help educate the public on GA, Prevent Blindness has created a variety of resources in English and Spanish, including a downloadable fact sheet and a series of shareable social media graphics. Prevent Blindness also provides a dedicated webpage. Prevent Blindness developed the content of these resources with funding provided by Apellis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.



Pictured: ISPB volunteer Minjia Tang helping examine members of the Rohingya Cultural Center on November 16

Community Happenings

Our staff, team of interns, and volunteers provide eye health education and outreach at all types of community events – including health fairs, presentations and screenings! As back to school season comes to a close, we shift our attention to eye health and safety presentations. We will be continuing our efforts during these dates:

March 19, 2023  
11:00am – Low Vision Presentation, Ascension of Our Lord Greek Orthodox Church, Lincolnshire

April 13, 2023 
1:00pm – Women’s Vision and Eye Health Presentation, Northbrook Park District Leisure Center

For more information, please contact rbarraza@preventblindness.org


Looking for a Presentation for your Organization?

PBIL/ISPB offers presentations on a variety of eye health topics that can range from from 30 to 60+ minutes.

Some topics include:

  • Living Well with Low Vision
  • Aging and Your Eyes
  • Women’s Vision and Eye Health
  • Eye Safety in the Workplace
  • Diabetes and the Eyes

Contact rbarraza@preventblindness.org to schedule a presentation today!



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