As part of its Vision and Aging Program, NEHEP is pleased to announce the launch of See Well for a Lifetime: An Educational Series on Vision and Aging. Everyone’s vision can change with age, but vision loss is not a normal part of getting older. As people age, they are at higher risk for eye diseases and conditions including age-related macular degeneration, diabetic eye disease, cataract, glaucoma, and dry eye. In their early stages, many eye diseases have no warning signs or symptoms. The only way to detect them before they become serious and cause vision loss or blindness is through a comprehensive dilated eye exam.

See Well for a Lifetime Toolkit

This toolkit was developed to help people who work with older adults to convey science-based, easy-to-understand information about general eye health, age-related eye diseases and conditions, and the importance of getting a comprehensive dilated eye exam. The toolkit will provide the tools and information needed educate the older adults about how they can make their vision a health priority.

The Toolkit comprises three modules that can be used for individual educational sessions or that can build on each other as a series. Each module contains a PowerPoint presentation, a Speaker’s Guide, participant handouts, a promotional announcement, and participant evaluation forms. These modules are described below.

  • Making Vision a Health Priority. This module includes information about vision changes that can occur with age and the importance of eye health and the need for comprehensive dilated eye exams.

  • Age-Related Eye Diseases and Conditions. This module includes detailed information on age-related eye disease and conditions and what people can do to protect their vision.

  • Low Vision. This module includes information about what low vision is, vision rehabilitation services, and where to get more information.

To learn more about the See Well for a Lifetime program and to download the Toolkit, visit Vision and Aging.