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Prevent Blindness Launches New App for Individuals Diagnosed with Age-related Macular Degeneration and Their Caregivers

New Resource Designed to Provide Help and Hope to the Millions of Americans Living with a Leading Cause of Blindness and Vision Loss

Prevent Blindness, the nation’s oldest volunteer eye health and safety organization, has launched a new resource, “GuideMe,” designed for those who have been diagnosed with Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD).

AMD affects more than 2 million Americans ages 50 and older. And, according to the recent Prevent Blindness “Future of Vision: Forecasting the Prevalence and Costs of Vision Problems” report, that number is expected to jump to 3.4 million in 2032 and 4.4 million in 2050.

The effects of the disease may include central vision becoming blurry or wavy, or may cause a blind spot in the center of vision. Although there are some treatments that may slow the progression, there is no cure for AMD.

The intent of GuideMe is to simulate as accurately as possible a post-diagnosis consultation with a doctor or therapist. It is not, however, designed as a substitute for the advice and directions of an eye doctor. Users should make no assumptions about, or changes in, their diagnosis, prognosis, or treatment without the awareness of their treating physician.

GuideMe works by asking a few questions about the user and the user’s AMD diagnosis. It then uses the answers to create a customized guide with helpful information, tips, resources and suggested steps to take to be proactive about protecting vision. The guide is compatible with a smart phone, tablet, laptop or PC.  The customized Guide can be viewed online or downloaded and printed.  If there are diagnosis changes and updates, users can return at any time and change their answers to create a new customized Guide.

GuideMe was designed and developed by patient advocate and low vision educator Dan Roberts, M.M.E.  Roberts created and maintains the new Prevent Blindness online resource: Living Well with Low Vision.

“Your customized GuideMe resource provides important information you need, insight into challenges you may be facing, and steps you can take to protect your quality of life and independence,” said Roberts.

Additional resources may also be found at the Prevent Blindness AMD Learning Center. The site provides a variety of educational tools, including AMD risk factors, treatment options, an Adult Vision Risk Assessment tool and downloadable fact sheets.

“We know that anyone who has been diagnosed with AMD will have lots of questions on how the disease may impact their daily lives,” said Hugh R. Parry, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness. “We hope that patients and their caregivers will find GuideMe to be a helpful tool in navigating the new challenges that they may face.”

Download GuideMe.

Children’s Vision & Electronic Devices

Digital Eye Safety Leader Healthe Joins Prevent Blindness to Help Save Children’s Vision

Prevent Blindness, the nation’s oldest volunteer eye health and safety organization, is pleased to announce the support of Healthe and their EyeSafe™ technologies. Through this new partnership, Healthe will donate a portion of the sales of its EyeSafe products, including protective covers for digital phones, tablets and computer monitors that reduce exposure to harmful digital UV and High-Energy Visible (HEV) blue light emitted from such devices, to Prevent Blindness in support of its children’s eye health programs and resources.

According to a recent study, children’s eyes absorb more blue light than adults from digital device screens, which is a growing concern as the popularity of cell phones, computers and tablets for school reading and personal use continues to grow each year.

Increasing public health data and scientific research describes the eye health effects linked to exposure to digital device light emissions, including Computer Vision Syndrome, eye strain, sleep cycle disruptions and premature retinal damage risk.

“Protecting eyesight when it comes to the progressive use of digital technology and screen time addiction in young people is our number one priority and we offer a wide variety of EyeSafe products to do just that,” said Justin Barrett, CEO, Healthe. “By supporting programs such as those offered by Prevent Blindness, that seek to provide sight-saving services for our children, we can help to raise awareness, provide education and promote services around eye health, including digital device emission, that will have a positive impact on kids for years to come.”

Healthe_logoHealthe is a Minneapolis-based company with the mission of designing and developing EyeSafe products, technologies and standards for digital devices in conjunction with the medical community for a global audience. Healthe’s products are designed to provide relief for frequent users of digital technology from prolonged exposure to harmful artificial UV and HEV blue light. Through proprietary HEV blue light blocking screen covers and glass, Healthe provides advanced products that make artificial digital light more like natural light.

“Today in the United States, vision disorders are the most prevalent forms of disabling childhood conditions,” said Hugh R. Parry, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness. “We thank Healthe and all of its customers for supporting our efforts to address the need to protect our children’s vision today to help make for a brighter future tomorrow.”

For more information about EyeSafe and digital UV and HEV blue lightprotection, or to purchase a product to help support Prevent Blindness, please visit www.health-e.com.

About Healthe

Founded in 2014, Healthe LLC is a global provider of digital device light emission protection, developing products that protect frequent users of digital devices from digital light and associated ocular and physical health issues. The company has developed and commercialized an emission reducing film that may be applied directly to various digital devices and produced in other form factors for schools, corporations and the government.  EyeSafe Retina Protection Factor (RPF) can selectively reduce the concerning UV and HEV blue light while maintaining the screen image and color quality. The Minneapolis, Minnesota-based company manages the sales, marketing and development of EyeSafe™ products, technology and standards.

Children’s Eye Health & Safety

Prevent Blindness Offers Children’s Eye Health Programs to Help Parents, Teachers and Kids Save Sight

girl-with-eye-chartSEMINOLE, FL (July 29, 2015) – Back-to-school preparations are well underway for many parents and students. To help give children a great head start to a successful school year, Prevent Blindness offers free information and programs on the importance of healthy vision.

Prevent Blindness has declared August as Children’s Eye Health and Safety Awareness month to inspire parents to make their child’s vision health a priority. Family-friendly resources on a wide variety of topics that help parents take the right steps to keep their child’s sight healthy for life can be found at preventblindness.org and through the National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness (NCCVEH) website.  Topics covered include amblyopia (lazy eye), strabismus (crossed eyes), UV-protection and sports safety, and the Affordable Care Act and children’s vision.

Prevent Blindness also offers the following programs to help save children’s sight:

The NCCVEH is teaming up with Family Voices and its National Center for Family Professional Partnership (NCFPP) for August’s Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month to offer families of children with special health care needs important information on vision issues. Resources include Vision Health for Children on the Autism Spectrum, Families of Children with Vision Impairment: Working with Medical Professionals, and much more.

Eye Spy is an eye health and safety education program designed specifically for children. Through this free, online program, children have an opportunity to learn about eye anatomy, how the eye works and eye safety. This is more than fun and games. Teachers may also use the program in the classroom.

Designed specifically for educators, Prevent Blindness offers the Star Pupils Eye Health and Safety Curriculum for grades K-2, 3-5 and 6-8. The program, which is available free for download upon request, provides teachers with interactive materials that help students learn the importance of sight, components of the eye and how we see, and how to identify objects and situations that can be dangerous to eyes.  The program meets National Health, National Science and National Physical Education standards and includes presentation guides, eye exam diagrams, in-class worksheets and an activity book for children to take home.

The Eye Patch Club is a program geared towards children with amblyopia and their families.  Eye doctors commonly treat amblyopia by having the child wear a patch over the unaffected eye for extended periods of time. The Eye Patch Club program is designed to encourage the children to wear their patches as prescribed by their doctor. Among other materials, members of the club receive their own special calendar and stickers.  The Eye Patch Club kit may be purchased for $12.95 by calling (800) 331-2020.  Proceeds will go to support the sight-saving programs of Prevent Blindness.

“By working with teams of experts in the fields of education and vision and eye health, we’ve put together a variety of engaging and informational programs that are appealing and user-friendly for kids, their parents and teachers,” said Joanne Lighter, President & CEO of Preserve Vision Florida (formerly Prevent Blindness Florida). “By everyone working collectively, we can give our children the best chance at success both in and outside of the classroom!”

For more information on Prevent Blindness and its children’s eye health and safety programs, please visit our Children’s Vision page.