Healthy Eyes Healthy People

For the first time, vision objectives had been included in Healthy People 2010, a national disease prevention initiative that identifies opportunities to improve the health of all Americans. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Healthy People 2010 identified the most significant preventable threats to health, and established national goals to reduce these threats. Most states and many localities use the Healthy People framework to guide local health policies and programs. The ten vision objectives below address visual impairment due to eye disease and refractive error; regular eye examinations for children and adults; vision screening for pre-school children; injury prevention and vision rehabilitation. The goal is to improve the visual health of the nation through prevention, early detection, treatment and rehabilitation.

Following are the specific vision goals of Healthy People 2010:

  • Reduce occupational eye injury
  • Reduce impairment due to cataract
  • Reduce impairment due to refractive errors
  • Reduce impairment due to diabetic retinopathy
  • Reduce impairment in children and adolescents
  • Increase the proportion of people having dilated eye health examinations
  • Reduce impairment due to glaucoma Increase the use of protective eyewear
  • Increase the availability of vision screening for pre-schoolchildren ages 5 years and under
  • Increase the use of vision rehabilitation services and devices by people with visual impairments

Healthy Eyes Healthy People is the American Optometric Association’s platform for focusing on the 10 objectives above. The Optometric Physicians of Washington are committed to the goals of Healthy Eyes Healthy People as a means of improving the visual welfare of citizens in Washington State.