April, 2015: Blindness Prevention and Services Month

WHEREAS, More than 25 million Americans report experiencing significant vision loss, including approximately 6.5 million seniors 65 years of age and older; and,

WHEREAS, the Michigan Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons encourages residents to have a routine eye examination, which is key for early diagnosis and treatment to prevent blindness and vision loss from sight-threatening diseases such as age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and cataracts; and,

WHEREAS, the Michigan Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons is a professional corporation whose mission is to ensure quality medical eye care and to raise awareness of potentially blinding eye diseases; and,

WHEREAS, we ask all citizens to recognize the importance of a routine eye examination to ensure long-term health of their eyes and to help support programs that educate the community about blindness and the critical role rehabilitation services play in assisting those with sight loss to live independently and productively, and

WHEREAS, we seek to increase public knowledge of the preventable causes of blindness and to acknowledge that blind and visually impaired people can lead independent and productive lives with training and use of services available.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim April 2015 as Blindness Prevention and Services Month in Michigan.