In the picture from left: Paulette Tattersall, MSc, Director of Prevent Blindness Northeast Region and Co-Chair of CVMA; Priscilla Kelangi, MA Communications, Manager of Communications and Development, Prevent Blindness Northeast Region; Bruce Moore, OD, Emeritus Professor at New England College of Optometry and Co-Chair of CVMA; Marcia Feist-Moore, Educator and Prevent Blindness Volunteer.; Shanyn A. Toulouse, MEd, BSN, RN, NCSN, Northeast Regional School Nurse Consultant, Haverhill Public Schools; and Kevin White, Executive Director, Global Vision 2020.
Prevent Blindness held its 13th annual “Eyes on Capitol Hill” program on Tuesday, July 17, 2018, in Washington, D.C. Members of Children's Vision Massachusetts Coalition and Prevent Blindness met with congressional and senate members, and their staff to advocate about vision and eye health, specifically about children's vision care issues. The group of members included an eye doctor, an educator, a school nurse, and a businessman whose mission is to deliver corrective eyeglasses to the developing world.
Paulette Tattersall, Director of Prevent Blindness Northeast Region said, “We embrace the opportunity to annually bring new voices to Capitol Hill to speak with our government representatives. It is important to advocate for programs, research and systems that help identify, treat and prevent unnecessary vision loss.”
This year’s Eyes on Capitol Hill meetings were scheduled to discuss with Members of Congress about the impact of vision problems. Absent significant investment and intervention, the annual cost of vision problems in the U.S. is anticipated to increase from $145 billion currently to $717 billion by 2050. Specifically, advocates asked elected officials to: