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Special Communication
December 6, 2018

Eye and Vision Health for Tomorrow: From Recommendations to Coordinated Action

Author Affiliations
  • 1Prevent Blindness, Chicago, Illinois
  • 2Duke Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, North Carolina
  • 3Division of Geriatrics, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, North Carolina
  • 4Department of Ophthalmology, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, North Carolina
  • 5Geriatrics Research Education and Clinical Center, Durham VA Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina
  • 6Indiana University School of Optometry, Bloomington
  • 7Indiana University School of Public Health, Bloomington
  • 8Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health, Indianapolis
JAMA Ophthalmol. 2019;137(2):208-211. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2018.5923

In 2016, the report Making Eye Health a Population Health Imperative: Vision for Tomorrow was published by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Conference presentations and key stakeholder discussions have continued the dialogue initiated by this report. In 2018, a stakeholder meeting assessed the feasibility of establishing a backbone organization, a national center that can provide technical and resource assistance regarding eye and vision health. This meeting also resulted in a consensus to translate the report recommendations into action through 7 core functions: (1) supporting ongoing surveillance efforts, (2) establishing and strengthening a national multisector network of partner organizations, (3) creating an online vision and population health toolkit, (4) integrating and expanding early-detection initiatives across diverse clinical and nonclinical settings, (5) expanding eye and vision health education, (6) identifying and disseminating evidence-based interventions, and (7) exploring the integration of eye and vision health interventions into broader chronic care models. The report’s recommendations aim to improve vision and health equity in the United States and should be implemented through an ongoing centrally coordinated campaign.