Prevent Blindness Urges U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations to Support Resolution on Vision and Eye Health

Prevent Blindness supports a proposed United Nations (UN) Resolution of Vision and Eye Health.  Today, we have requested that Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the United States Ambassador to the UN, join us in supporting its passage as well.  In 2015, the UN established a series of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), including 169 targets, to “serve as a shared

Prevent Blindness Statement on Departure of Congressional Vision Caucus Co-Chair Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH)

Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH) has announced that he will be departing Congress on May 16, 2021 to take a role in the private sector in Ohio. Congressman Stivers has served as a co-chair of the Congressional Vision Caucus since 2018, and served on the Prevent Blindness, Ohio Affiliate Board of Directors before being elected to Ohio’s 15th Congressional

President Biden Release FY2022 Budget Request to Congress

The Biden Administration released its initial budget request to Congress, which officially kicks off the Fiscal Year 2022 federal budget and appropriations process. President Biden’s budget requests the most significant increase (16%) to non-defense discretionary federal spending in over a decade to programs at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Specifically, the President’s

Prevent Blindness applauds FDA’s decision to allow production of thyroid eye disease treatment to resume

As a result of direct patient advocacy to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) through Prevent Blindness, patients will be able to resume their treatments for thyroid eye disease beginning in April 2021. For months, patients who live with thyroid eye disease (TED) have been unable to access the only available, FDA-approved treatment for

Prevent Blindness leads 115 organizations urging Congress to invest in vision and eye health in Fiscal Year 2022

As Congress begins its process of drafting appropriations legislation for Fiscal Year 2022, Prevent Blindness has sent a letter to House and Senate appropriators with the support of 115 organizations to urge Congress to fund the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Vision and Eye Health program at $5 million and glaucoma prevention at $4

Sixteenth Annual Eyes on Capitol Hill Advocacy Event

Annual Event Allows Constituents to Meet with Policymakers to Help Promote Vision and Eye Health Programs and Funding Prevent Blindness will be holding its sixteenth annual “Eyes on Capitol Hill” advocacy event, held virtually this year, on Wed., Feb. 24 and Thurs., Feb. 25, 2021. The program brings together patients, caregivers, public health workers, and

Tell FDA to Use the CARES Act to Prevent Drug Shortages

The U.S. government and Operation Warp Speed should be commended for their tireless efforts to protect Americans from the COVID-19 pandemic. At the same time, we must also ensure continued treatment access for patients who are managing eye diseases and other complex conditions. Government-mandated COVID-19 vaccine production orders related to Operation Warp Speed have dramatically

Prevent Blindness Opposes Trump Administration’s “Most Favored Nation” Policies

Prevent Blindness sharply opposes the Trump Administration’s finalization of its “Most Favored Nations” (MFN) rule, which will take effect in January 2021. As a patient advocacy organization, Prevent Blindness promotes policies that encourage patient-centered decision-making and consumer choice while mitigating over-utilization and over-consumption without harming accessibility. We believe policies should balance provider behavior with appropriate

Senate Releases Long-Awaited FY2021 Appropriations Legislation

This week, the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations released its long-awaited version of Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 appropriations legislation for programs and agencies within the Departments of Health and Human Services, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and National Eye Institute (NEI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Because the process

Prevent Blindness Celebrates World Sight Day by Encouraging Members of Public to “Be A Visionary” and Advocate for Vision and Eye Health Programs

Global World Sight Day Observance Helps to Put Eye Health and Eyecare into Focus Prevent Blindness, the nation’s oldest eye health and safety nonprofit organization, is participating in World Sight Day, an annual day of awareness designed to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment, by promoting advocacy efforts that seek to make vision