It moves “to a prominent position on the national agenda.”
A new report says eye health should receive more attention in public health efforts.
The report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine calls for “transforming vision impairments from common to rare and eliminating correctable and avoidable vision impairments in the U.S. by 2030,” according to a press release.
The organization says that at the moment, eye and vision health unfortunately “remain relatively absent from national health priority lists.”
It’s estimated that uncorrectable vision impairment could double by 2050 due in part to the aging population. That’s unless efforts are made to slow the progression and severity of many common age-related eye diseases and conditions such as age-related macular degeneration, cataracts and glaucoma, according to the report.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology issued a press release praising the report. Dr. David W. Parke II, CEO of the organization, said:
"This report is a landmark moment in public health in America as it moves eye health to a prominent position on the national agenda. The action plan outlined by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine draws upon and echoes much of the evidenced-based work we are already leading on behalf of the nation's community of eye physicians and surgeons to protect the sight and empower the lives of our patients through innovative advances in care and education.”
The report calls for a population health approach that promotes eye and vision health beyond the clinical setting.
That would begin with addressing social and environmental factors that affect overall health, such as health literacy and access to safe work and play environments. Preventing vision-threatening injuries, infections and underlying chronic diseases such as diabetes can reduce the need for treatment, the report notes.