Statement of Purpose
Since 1908, Prevent Blindness has been a leader in advocating for vision and eye health for Americans of all ages, backgrounds, and circumstances. Prevent Blindness is dedicated to preventing blindness and preserving sight by advancing through public policy the full spectrum of vision care and eye health for people of all ages, backgrounds, and circumstances.
We advocate for policies that improve the nation’s vision and eye health by:
- fostering access to vision and eye care services and treatments,
- reinforcing messages of early detection and disease prevention,
- creating and sustaining patient support networks and services,
- elevating systems of care, and
- fostering innovative research.
Prevent Blindness advocacy benefits from strong relationships with organizations across the patient advocacy and public health community to advance shared policy goals that may not directly affect vision and eye health but nonetheless have an impact. Today more than ever we are seeing trends in population growth and demographic shifts that collide with new innovative sight-saving treatments, medical and public health research, and methods of accessing care such as community interventions and telehealth. Our mission to protect and enhance access to vision and eye care through advocacy at the federal and state levels has only become more vital.