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Calendar of Observances

Eye Health and Safety Observance Calendar

The Prevent Blindness Annual Eye Health and Safety Observance Calendar highlights key weeks and months throughout the year to promote a wide range of eye health and safety topics. Each month or week features awareness campaigns and educational initiatives on a specific eye health issue such as glaucoma, cataracts, and children’s eye health. These topics will be emphasized in our social media and media outreach and on our website. The calendar serves as a resource for raising awareness, providing vital information, and encouraging preventive measures to protect vision.

Observance Months

Observance Weeks

January

National Glaucoma Awareness Month—January 1-31

More than 2.8 million Americans age 40 and older have glaucoma. Nearly half do not know they have the disease as it causes no early symptoms. Prevent Blindness will provide insightful information about this “Sneak Thief of Sight.”

Find out more about the 2024 National Glaucoma Awareness Month

February

AMD/Low Vision Awareness Month—February 1-29

Age-related macular degeneration is a leading cause of vision loss, affecting more than 2 million Americans age 50 and older. Low vision aids can make the most of remaining vision. Information on eye disease warning signs and treatment will be available.

Find out more about the 2024 AMD/Low Vision Awareness Month

Retinopathy of Prematurity Awareness Week—February 26-March 1

Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) is an eye disease that can happen in babies who are premature (born early), or who weigh less than 3 pounds at birth, according to the National Eye Institute. Prevent Blindness will work with partner organizations to educate families and professionals on ROP, available services and more.

Find out more about 2024 ROP Awareness Week.

March

Workplace Eye Wellness Month—March 1-31

Prevent Blindness provides employers and employees with free information on topics ranging from eye strain to eye safety in industrial settings, in order to promote eye health at work.

Find out more about the 2024 Workplace Eye Wellness Month

April

Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month—April 1-30

Women often manage family health concerns. Do you know how to protect your sight?  Hormonal changes, age and smoking can endanger sight. Information on women’s and family eye-health issues will be provided.

Find out more about the 2024 Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month

May

Inherited Retinal Disease Genetic Testing Month—May 1 – 31

Inherited Retinal Diseases (IRD) are a group of diseases that can cause severe vision loss or even blindness. Identifying the genetic cause of disease is an important part of care for patients with IRDs. Educational materials, such as a fact sheet, expert interviews, social media graphics, and a dedicated webpage are made available.

Find out more about the 2024 IRD and Genetic Testing Month

June

Cataract Awareness Month—June 1-30

Cataract is the leading cause of blindness in the world.  And, there are more than 25.7 million Americans age 40 and older with cataracts. More than half of all Americans will have cataracts by age 80. Prevent Blindness will offer tips about prevention, symptoms and information about surgery.

Find out more about the 2023 Cataract Awareness Month

Fireworks Safety Week (June 28-July 4)

Activities during this period will alert parents and children to the dangers of playing with fireworks. Prevent Blindness will offer safer ways to celebrate the Fourth of July.

Find out more about the 2023 Fireworks Safety Week

July

Dry Eye Awareness Month- July 1-31

Nearly 16 million Americans have dry eye, which in severe cases, may cause serious vision problems. Prevent Blindness will provide information on the condition, including symptoms, risk factors, treatment option and more.

Find out more about the 2023 Dry Eye Awareness Month

Fireworks Safety Week (June 28-July 4)

Activities during this period will alert parents and children to the dangers of playing with fireworks. Prevent Blindness will offer safer ways to celebrate the Fourth of July.

Find out more about the 2023 Fireworks Safety Week

August

Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month—August 1-31

Included in this month will be information about eye conditions such as amblyopia and strabismus.  Also included will be tips about preventing eye injuries in children, signs of possible eye problems and general eye health.

Find out more about the 2023 Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month

September

Sports Eye Safety Month—September 1-30

There are thousands of eye injuries a year related to sports.  Tips on how to protect yourself and your children from such eye injuries will be discussed.

Find out more about the 2023 Sports Eye Safety Month

Inflammatory Eye Disease Awareness Week—September 16-22

Information about different types of Inflammatory Eye Diseases (IED) will be provided, including uveitis, keratitis, and thyroid eye disease.

Find out more about the 2023 Inflammatory Eye Disease Awareness Week

October

Contact Lens Safety Month—October 1-31

Approximately 46 million U.S. residents wear contact lenses. Prevent Blindness provides tips and information on how to obtain, use and care for contact lenses safely.  Halloween eye safety is also included.

Find out more about the 2023 Contact Lens Safety Month

November

Diabetes-related Eye Disease Month—November 1-30

Can people with diabetes prevent the onset of diabetic eye disease? During this observance, Prevent Blindness will offer information to help the more than 8.1 million Americans age 40 and older who have diabetic eye disease.

Find out more about the 2023 Diabetes-related Eye Disease Month

Thyroid Eye Disease Awareness Week—November 18-24

Thyroid Eye Disease (TED) 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. Prevent Blindness will provide information on TED including symptoms and treatment options.

December

Give the Gift of Sight Month—December 1-31

The Holiday season brings together families, friends and festivities. During the month of December, Prevent Blindness will encourage everyone to reflect on the joys of healthy vision and support sight-saving services.

Geographic Atrophy Awareness Week—December 5-11

Geographic Atrophy (GA) is the advanced form of dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD) which leads to vision loss in the center of one’s vision. Prevent Blindness will provide free information, including a web resource, fact sheets and social media graphic to inform the public of the disease that affects an estimated that 1 million people in the United States.