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Be an Advocate for Vision

Prevent Blindness represents millions of people of all ages, backgrounds, and circumstances across the country who live with low vision, vision impairment, and vision-related eye diseases. Advocacy at Prevent Blindness is part of our founding purpose, and our work to elevate vision and eye health as a public health priority continues to this day. Prevent Blindness meets this challenge by connecting patients to their legislators and policy makers and encouraging them to implement policies that protect and expand access to sight-saving care—including prevention, rehabilitation, and innovation—and ensure Americans can look forward to a lifetime of healthy vision.

Eyes on Capitol Hill

Registration Opens for 18th annual “Eyes on Capitol Hill” Advocacy Event

Prevent Blindness is pleased to host its 18th annual “Eyes on Capitol Hill” Legislative Advocacy event. The event will be held virtually and take place on Tuesday, March 7 and Wednesday, March 8, 2023.

Eyes on Capitol Hill gives advocates the opportunity to inform Congress about the challenges Americans face accessing vision and eye care, promote early intervention and detection to prevent eye diseases from progressing, and highlight the federal programs that improve our nation’s vision and eye health. Prevent Blindness advocates and state-based affiliates together bring their enthusiasm, experience, and personal stories with vision loss and eye disease to legislators on Capitol Hill to advocate for equitable access to eye care, increased federal investments to address vision loss and eye disease in the U.S., and to urge Congress to legislate policies that keep Americans living, working, learning, and playing throughout their lives with clear, healthy eyesight.

Interested participants are asked to register using the form and to sign up for two webinar training sessions that will give them the opportunity to learn about Prevent Blindness’ advocacy agenda, the Congressional and legislative landscape in Washington, DC, and to network with other advocates and practice a legislative meeting together. Registration for Eyes on Capitol Hill will close on January 31, 2023.

Click here to register (or complete the registration form on this page)

Pre-Event Advocate Training Sessions:

All participants in Eyes on Capitol Hill are strongly urged to attend the below webinar training opportunities. These sessions are designed to prepare all advocates attending Eyes on Capitol Hill with the information they will need to meet with legislators. Registration for these events is required for attendance at the links below.

Tuesday, February 21, 2023 2:00pm – 4:00pm: “Eyes on Capitol Hill Team Training Webinar and Practice Session” Register here: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIsfuyuqz0qE9dBelzlYYA1OOSYnkg01bTF

Tuesday, February 28, 2023 2:00pm – 3:00pm: “Eyes on Capitol Hill Advocate Training Session” Register here: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwtcuGuqDIvGdzO0tGz3tgsndw5J2W_GTAl