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March 30, 2011

New Program Provides Eye Wellness Worker Education Tool

The Healthy Eyes Vision Wellness Program from Prevent Blindness America encourages employees to take care of their eyes - and may help reduce employer healthcare costs at the same time. When it comes to eye health, the more vision ailments employees have, the more medical care they use.

"By promoting eye health and safety in the workplace, companies can actually help reduce their annual healthcare costs," says Hugh Parry, CEO of Prevent Blindness America.

The program includes a promotion guide, monthly vision safety posters, fact sheets and access to a vision risk assessment. All encourage workers to make vision health a priority. The materials were developed by leading eye care professionals including ophthalmologists, optometrists and research professionals. Topics include eye protection recommendations for work or play and information on various eye diseases and conditions.

Prevent Blindness America, the nation's oldest volunteer eye health organization, designated March as Workplace Vision Wellness Month to educate corporations and employees about the importance of vision health.

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