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November Eye Health News from ISPB and PB-IL

2022 Giving Challenge

Let’s End the Year Strong!
After two and a half years of the COVID-19 pandemic, the average time that someone sits in front of a screen is up to 12 hours per day! This increases the risk of eye strain and problems leading to more requests for eye care services.

The ISPB Board of Directors is responding to this higher demand with a challenge.
Would you consider making a gift to help our programming and wrap up the ISPB $20,220 Board match? One hundred percent of your gift will go to purchase low vision equipment and glasses for underserved communities, research grants, and community outreach education.  
Thank you for your consideration!


Diabetes-related Eye Disease Month

According to the 2022 National Diabetes Statistics Report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 11 percent of the U.S. population (approximately 37.3 million people) have diabetes. Alarmingly, 96 million people aged 18 years or older have prediabetes (38 percent of the adult US population). And, diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness among adults aged 18–64 years.

In 2022, Prevent Blindness revamped its popular Diabetes & the Eyes Educational Toolkit, available in English and Spanish, which includes educational resources, such Power Point presentations, shareable social media graphics and a dedicated webpage. A new episode of the Prevent Blindness Focus on Eye Health Expert Series dedicated to diabetes-related eye disease and health disparities will also be available during November.


Pictured: ISPB volunteer Alex Georgis screens a fan at the Bear’s Game Screening Event on October 13 at Soldier Field.

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:

November 19, 2022
9:00am – VOSH Eye Exam Clinic, Rohingya Cultural Center
December 8, 2022     
1:00pm – Diabetes and your eyes Presentation, Northbrook Park District Leisure Center
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


Third Annual Thyroid Eye Disease Awareness Week
 

November 14 – 20, 2022 is “Thyroid Eye Disease Awareness (TED) Week.” TED, sometimes called Graves’ ophthalmopathy or Graves’ Eye Disease, is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system causes inflammation and swelling and stimulates the production of muscle tissue and fat behind the eye.

To help address this, the no-cost “Prevent Blindness Art Therapy Program” for people with TED and their care partners, now in its second session, provides participants with the opportunity to create art using a variety of artistic media to express thoughts and feelings. Participants also interact with registered art therapists who tailor the program topics, themes and materials for people affected by TED. Benefits of the Art Therapy program include:

  • Art therapy has been shown to help people improve their mental, emotional, and even physical wellness.
  • The process of creating art in a group setting can help reduce anxiety and depression, provide a way to express difficult emotions in a creative manner, and reduce isolation, which could be particularly important for people experiencing the challenging symptoms of TED.
  • The opportunity to help people build new connections, help themselves, and help others by sharing stories and experiences.

Those interested in participating in the next session may sign up for the Prevent Blindness Art Therapy Program waiting list HERE. This program is supported by funding from Horizon Therapeutics. If you have questions about the Art Therapy Program, please contact jgrutzmacher@efineman


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!



Fight for Sight-Prevent Blindness Joanne Angle Public Health Award
Fight for Sight and Prevent Blindness are delighted to announce a 2023 partnership to fund a research award to better serve the missions of both organizations. A one-year $22,500 Grant in Aid award called the Fight for Sight-Prevent Blindness Joanne Angle Public Health Award will support public health research in vision related to:

  • Burden or economic aspects of eye disease and vision loss on society
  • Best practices in integrating vision and eye health into existing systems (e.g., screening and follow-up eye care, decreasing vision health disparities in underserved populations, or reducing barriers to eye care)
  • Evaluation of the effectiveness of vision and eye health care and screening programs 
  • Impact of vision loss on social opportunities (can be related to education, employability, or quality of life)

Applications must be submitted on Fight for Sight’s grant portal by November 15, 2022. The recipient will be announced in spring, 2023.

For more information on the Fight for Sight-Prevent Blindness Joanne Angle Public Health Award, please contact executivedirector@fightforsight.org


Through the generosity of our friends at Zenni, your child (up to age 20) could receive a voucher for a standard pair of glasses!

* Must have a current prescription available (within one year), along with pupillary distance Contact rbarraza@preventblindness.org for more information


Living Well with Low Vision Resource Webinar

Are you living with vision loss and/or blindness, have a family member or loved one with vision loss, or work with individuals with low vision? If you answered yes, please join Prevent Blindness on November 16 from 6:00-6:45pm (Eastern) to:

  • Understand what low vision is and how trusted information and resources can ease the burden of vision loss
  • Become familiar with the Living Well With Low Vision website – a resource designed for people living with vision loss or blindness and those providing care
  • Learn about the accessibility features and resources available for individuals living with vision loss and their caregivers on the Living Well With Low Vision website

Register HERE



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November Eye Health News from ISPB and PB-IL

2022 Giving Challenge Let’s End the Year Strong!After two and a half years of the COVID-19 pandemic, the average time that someone sits in front of a screen is...

November is Diabetes-related Eye Disease Awareness Month

According to the 2022 National Diabetes Statistics Report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 11 percent of the U.S. population (approximately 37.3 million people) have...

My Retina Tracker Genetic Testing Program

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New Resources for Reducing Eye Strain from Screens

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