Plan Ahead for May: Healthy Vision Month

Health program ideas – brought to you by The Pulse, part of the Gale Health and Wellness Resource Center

May is Healthy Vision Month.  According for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), vision disability is among the top ten disabilities affecting those 18 and older and the single most common disability among children. Furthermore, close to three and a half million people over age 40 are severely visually impaired, including those who are blind, and one in twelve people with diabetes over age 40 has diabetic retinopathy, which can lead to blindness.

Many debilitating visual health problems are preventable, however, and, fortunately, promoting Healthy Vision Month at your library will be easy with these free resources:

Quick and Easy

Printable Coloring Pages, Puzzles, Activity Booklets, Bookmarks, and Educational Materials for Children and Adults:

From the National Institute of Health’s National Eye Institute:

From “Eye Didn’t Know That,” a public health campaign from Transitions Optical, Inc.

More Quick and Easy Printables:

Featured Resources

Books, Links to Free Information, and Organizations to Contact:

Books for All Ages

Free Information Promoting Healthy Vision

Is the book checked out? Check these out instead.

  • Brochures and Fact Sheets from the National Institute of Health’s National Eye Institute – available as downloads or to order.
  • Vision Aware:  The Self-Help Resource Center For Vision Loss

Organizations to Contact

Free information and resources:

Book Club

Observe Healthy Vision Month this May by choosing one of these vision related books or movies for your children’s, teen, or adult discussion group:

Tie Ins

May celebrates Mother’s Day!  You can bring together Healthy Vision Awareness and Mother’s Day with these crafty gifts:

Community Resources

Find a professional to speak at your library or find help for your library customers.

Publicity Resources

Use this free material alongside your library’s May programming information – newsletter, blog, posters, or flyers – to promote both your library’s programs and healthy vision month.

Fun Stuff

Goof off at the reference desk and amaze your friends on Twitter . . . OR add some fun to a library program, your library website, Facebook page, or Twitter feed:


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