Our eyes are our window to the world. Yet about 14 million Americans ages 12 and older have visual impairment—but 80% of those problems could be corrected through the use of glasses or surgery.
Vision loss plays a role in many other health conditions, including type 2 diabetes, depression, stroke, hearing loss and chronic kidney disease. It is also tied to increased risk of falls and injuries and even early death.
Adults and children alike need regular eye exams. The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends:
At Interact for Health, we recognize that vision care is critical for children served by our school-based health centers. We continue to work with partners to ensure that local kids have access to vision care, either directly at their school or through referrals. Being able to see clearly can affect a person’s ability to be productive at school or work.
A guide to local vision care resources is available through the Vision Coalition of Greater Cincinnati at www.vcgc.org or by contacting the Cincinnati Eye Institute Foundation at 1-866-466-2343.
Dr. O’dell Moreno Owens is the president and chief executive officer of Interact for Health and InterAct for Change. Dr. Owens is a reproductive endocrinologist. He earned an MD, an OB/GYN residency and a master’s of public health degree from Yale University School of Medicine. He also obtained a fellowship in reproductive endocrinology at Harvard Medical School. In recent years, Dr. Owens has served as the Hamilton County Coroner, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College President, and Interim Health Commissioner and Medical Director of the Cincinnati Health Department.
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