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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

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

FDA Authority to Help Prevent Drug Shortages for Patients with Eye Diseases & Other Conditions

How the FDA Can Help Prevent Drug Shortages Without Disrupting COVID-19 Vaccine Manufacturing The U.S. government and Operation Warp Speed are in the process of producing and distributing COVID-19 vaccines. While this vast private/public program is moving as quickly as possible to bring vaccines to Americans and end the pandemic, the U.S. Food and Drug

Update for Eye Care Patients Regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic

Eye care providers in states and regions are opening up. As you visit your eye care provider for routine eye care, urgent or emergency care, please refer to the following updates for further information: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): https://www.cms.gov/files/document/covid-what-patients-should-know-about-seeking-health-care.pdf American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO): https://www.aao.org/eye-health/coronavirus American Optometric Association (AOA): https://www.aoa.org/covid-19/covid-19-latest-updates?sso=y Eye care

National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health Publishes Considerations for Children’s Vision Screening Programs During the Covid-19 Pandemic

As schools, Head Start/Early Head Start, and early care and education programs reopen during the COVID-19 pandemic, practices that occurred routinely for decades must be reconsidered and redesigned to prevent the spread of the virus among children and staff, and ultimately, the community. Vision screening is one of many services that meet critical needs of

Children’s Vision Screening During Distancing

The National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health (NCCVEH) at Prevent Blindness is collaborating with national partners, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as the NCCVEH Advisory Committee, to develop guidance for implementation of vision and eye health program administration during the COVID-19 pandemic. This guidance will address screening

Important Message to Eye Care Patients Regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic

CMS has issued a patient guide for beneficiaries seeking non-COVID care: Re-Opening America: What Patients Should Know About Seeking Healthcare  For everyone’s health and safety, ophthalmologists, optometrists, and other doctors are being urged to see only patients for urgent or emergent problems during the coronavirus pandemic. This is important for two reasons: To limit contact