Healthy Vision Month of May

May is Healthy Vision Month (HVM), a national eye health observance established by the National Eye Institute (NEI) in May 2003. NEI is one of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services . Healthy Vision Month is designed to elevate vision as a health priority for the Nation.

Millions of people living in the United States have undetected vision problems, eye diseases, and conditions. HVM is designed to elevate vision as a health priority for the Nation by promoting the importance of early detection and treatment, as well as the use of proper eye safety practices, in preventing vision loss and blindness.

As most of us know, one of the most important things people can do to protect their vision is to schedule a comprehensive dilated eye exam. NEI offers a variety of educational resources that can be tailored to meet the eye health needs of people in your community.

Use these resources to help raise awareness about the importance of eye health, comprehensive dilated eye exams, and eye safety during Healthy Vision Month and beyond.

  • NEI Publications Catalog
  • Healthy Eyes Toolkit
  • E-Cards
  • Teaching Tools
  • Websites
  • Handouts and Fact Sheets on Eye Health and Eye Care
  • Posters
  • Stickers and Magnets
  • Calendars and Coloring Pages


There many ways you can work with the media to raise awareness about eye health in your community. Download the National Eye Health Education Program (NEHEP) Media Guide PDF* to learn how you can generate news media coverage for your programs.

The National Eye Institute (NEI) and NEHEP have a variety of resources in English and Spanish you can use to engage the media, including drop-in articles; radio and print public service announcement (PSAs); and a comprehensive photo, image, and video catalog. All resources are not copyrighted and may be reproduced without permission.

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