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What You Need to Know

About Dry Eye

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Prevent Blindness Joins in Dry Eye Awareness Month

Types of dry eye include “evaporative dry eye” which occurs when there is an inadequate amount of oil in tears, and “meibomian gland dysfunction" (MGD), a condition where the eyelid glands do not produce enough oil or it is of poor quality. MGD is the most common cause of evaporative dry eye.

For the fourth consecutive July, OCuSOFT ® Inc., a privately held eye and skin care company dedicated to innovation in eyelid hygiene and ocular health, is partnering with Prevent Blindness in support of Dry Eye Awareness Month.

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Dry Eye Resources at Prevent Blindness

Understanding Dry Eye

How to Take Eye Drops

Dry Eye Video

Dry Eye Disease and Meibomian Gland Dysfunction Video

Leave Fireworks to the Professionals

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Sparklers Caused 700 Emergency Department-Treated Injuries

from June 16–July 16, 2023

Prevent Blindness has declared June 28-July 4, 2024, as the Fourth Annual Fireworks Safety Awareness Week in an effort to educate the public on the dangers of fireworks. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) “2023 Fireworks Annual Report,” fireworks devices were involved in an estimated 6,400 injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments around the Independence Day holiday, from June 16-July 16, 2023.

Estimated Fireworks-Related, Emergency Department-Treated Injuries by Body Region: June 16–July 16, 2023

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Source: NEISS, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Based on the special study between June 16, 2023, and July 16, 2023. 

Celebrate the Fourth of July Safely!
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Join Us for the Focus on Eye Health Summit!

13tgh Annual Focus on Eye Health Summit, July 10-11, 2024, Being Seen and Heard

Prevent Blindness will host the 13th annual Focus on Eye Health Summit on July 10-11, 2024, as a FREE virtual interactive event. This year’s theme – “Being Seen and Heard” – emphasizes the importance of a person-centered approach to vision health interventions, research, communications, and care.


DAY 1:

  • Keynote Presentation: The Patient Voice & Reaction Panel 
  • Vision Research and the Citizen Scientist
  • Presentation of the 2024 Jenny Pomeroy Award for Excellence in Vision and Public Health
  • Seeing and Hearing Children's Vision Needs
  • Presentation of the 2024 Rising Visionary Award

DAY 2:

  • Keynote Fireside Chat: The Human Side of AI in Healthcare
  • The Many Eyes in Artificial Intelligence
  • Visible Voices: Vignettes of Being Seen and Heard
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Upcoming Event

Prevent Blindness Swing fore Sight Golf Tournament, September 18, Bali Hai Golf Club, Las Vegas
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Sponsored Content

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Clinical Research Study

We are sharing an opportunity to participate in a clinical research study being conducted by Janssen Research & Development, LLC.


The purpose of this study is to learn more about the safety and efficacy of an investigational gene therapy for adults with geographic atrophy (GA) caused by age-related macular degeneration (AMD).


The investigational gene therapy is given through a one-time intravitreal injection, which is an injection delivered into the gel-like fluid interior of the eye. This type of injection is a common procedure for people with various eye conditions.


You may be eligible to participate in this study if you:

  • Are 60 years of age or older
  • Have GA caused by AMD


Additional eligibility criteria will apply. Not all individuals with GA may qualify to participate in this study.


If you would like to learn more about this study or to check if you may be eligible to participate, please visit the study site.

PARASOL Geographic Atrophy Study
Janssen Pharmaceuticals

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