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Resources that Help Physicians Provide Eye Health Information

Posted: 08/29/2013
Category: Public Health

Physicians can play a significant role in the visual health of their patients. Patients frequently look to their physicians for guidance in managing aspects of eye health; for example, in a recent focus group by the National Eye Health Education Program (NEHEP) for people with diabetes, most participants reported that their primary care physician was their most trusted source for health information.

To help physicians promote eye health among patients, NEHEP has created many educational resources and tools including:

  • Handouts and fact sheets that discuss various eye diseases and the importance of having a comprehensive dilated eye exam at least once a year;
  • Teaching tools that healthcare professionals and community health workers can use to inform people about eye diseases;
  • E-cards that can be sent to patients with eye diseases, reminding them of the need for annual dilated eye exams;
  • Print public service announcements for use in newsletters, publications, or websites; and
  • Live-read scripts that can be recorded and played by phone when patients are on hold.

All of these resources can be found online: http://www.nei.nih.gov/healthyeyestoolkit/index.asp

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