Vision Care

The mission of the Vision Care Section of APHA is to promote health and well-being with an emphasis on vision and eye health through interdisciplinary partnerships. The Section serves as an advocate to ensure equality in and access to vision and eye health care as well as to ensure inclusion of vision in public health policy. 

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Did you know that our vision can be affected by a wide variety of environmental, nutritional, occupational and systemic health issues? 

Environmental: Exposure to UVA/UVB rays can lead to cataracts.

Occupational: Settings may predispose you to eye fatigue or trauma.

Systemic health: Conditions such as diabetes may cause permanent blindness.

Nutritional: Deficiencies can result in eye abnormalities.

The goals of the Vision Care Section are to address vision care issues in public health through interdisciplinary collaboration between eye care providers and various public health advocates. More than 30 VCS-sponsored resolutions are now fully supported by APHA, all of which have been instrumental in federal and state advocacy efforts. Recent resolutions address childhood eye care, increasing access to vision rehabilitation, safeguarding eye care in disaster preparedness and improving access to vision care in community health centers. The VCS provides an opportunity for all groups involved in vision care to join forces, guide policy and effect change.