DUBLIN, Feb. 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Allergan plc (NYSE: AGN), a global leader in eye care for nearly 70 years, announces a bold commitment to fight preventable blindness in the United States with a new initiative—See America. Through See America, Allergan sets out to make vision health a priority for all Americans, increase awareness of the diseases that can cause preventable blindness and, critically, help improve access to vision care for those who need it most.
The launch follows the release of a major report published in September 2016 by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM), declaring eye health a public health imperative. The report recognized the overwhelming number of Americans affected by blindness from preventable causes. Therefore, NASEM put forth a nationwide rallying cry, encouraging all of America to prioritize proactive eye care.
"Vision loss from diseases such as glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy is affecting and destroying the lives of too many—with cases of preventable blindness increasing at such a frightening rate," said Herm Cukier, Senior Vice President, Eye Care. "We are launching See America to stress the importance of eye health. The time to act is now."
Without a nationwide intervention, cases of preventable blindness and visual impairment are projected to double by 20501. At this rate, one American will experience partial or complete loss of sight every four minutes2– costing the U.S. economy trillions of dollars3 over the next thirty-four years.
Through See America, Allergan will partner with the nation's leading volunteer eye health and safety organization, Prevent Blindness, to champion better access to vision care. Through a series of vision-screening events in various cities, sponsored by Allergan, attendees will receive free one-on-one professional eye exams, follow-up treatment plans and education about the most common diseases affecting people's vision. In addition to sponsoring Prevent Blindness, Allergan will look to partner on programs from like-minded organizations that support the goals of See America.
Many people are not aware of the perils associated with neglecting their vision. Currently, 61 million Americans are at risk of severe vision loss—more than the populations of California and Florida combined4. Yet, only half of those at risk visited an eye doctor in the last year5.
Board Certified Ophthalmologist, Dr. Elizabeth Yeu, believes the key to effective treatment is early detection. "As an ophthalmologist, I've seen the endless ways in which vision loss burdens my patients' lives," states Yeu. "In certain cases, their vision loss could have been prevented if they had sought out treatment sooner. I'm so happy to be a part of this initiative to shine a spotlight on the problem and rally the support we need to affect change."6
With an unrivaled eye care portfolio, a national network of medical experts and an unwavering commitment to the future of America's eyesight, Allergan is standing at the forefront to answer NASEM's call. For Allergan, this is only the beginning but the message is clear – to fight until the fight has been won.
NASEM - Making Eye Health a Population Health Imperative: Vision for Tomorrow In September 2016, The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) issued a public health report that stressed the urgency of making vision health a national priority in order to reduce vision impairment and promote eye health in the U.S.
In the report, which was sponsored by some of the most reputable bodies in the healthcare space including the CDC, NASEM urged a call-to-action to eliminate preventable blindness and vision impairment by the year 2030. Allergan enthusiastically welcomes the attention NASEM is drawing to vision loss and has the responsibility to do its part in joining in this cause.
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