New Online Database is Presented at the 2018 Focus On Eye Health National Summit

 

Vision and Eye Health Surveillance System

https://www.cdc.gov/visionhealth/vehss/

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s Vision Health Initiative (VHI) and NORC at the University of Chicago partnered to develop the National Vision and Eye Health Surveillance System (VEHSS).

As described on the VEHSS website,

VEHSS leverages new and existing data sources to help health professionals, researchers, policy makers, and patients understand the scope of vision loss, eye disorders, and eye care services in the United States. VEHSS is intended to grow and improve over time based on input and needs of the vision health community.

The goals of the system are to:

-Identify and collect existing sources of information on vision and eye health.

-Create case definitions to analyze data consistently.

-Analyze data to estimate:

-The prevalence of eye disorders and disabilities.

-The use of eye-health services.

-Health disparities in visual health treatment and outcomes.

-Investigate methods to leverage multiple existing data sources to create new estimates of the prevalence of vision loss and eye disease.

-Disseminate the information developed by the system to key stakeholders, and respond to feedback to continually improve the quality and usefulness of the system.

The CDC and NORC partner with the following organizations and associations on the VEHSS: the American Academy of Ophthalmology, The American Optometric Association, Prevent Blindness, Uniformed Services University, The University of Wisconsin at Madison, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, and VSP.

John Wittenborn of NORC presented the new database and website at the 2018 Focus On Eye Health National Summit: Research to Impact, on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

CVC VEHSS Briefing, John Wittenborn

John Wittenborn at the VEHSS Congressional Briefing, July 19, 2018, hosted by the Congressional Vision Caucus

 

 

VEHSS Presentation, 2018 Focus on Eye Health National Summit

Vision and Eye Health Surveillance System​ (PDF)

John Wittenborn, NORC at the University of Chicago

 

Vision and Eye Health Surveillance Panel, 2017 Focus On Eye Health National Summit

Vision and Eye Health Surveillance (pdf)

Panel moderator: Jeff Todd, Prevent Blindness
John Wittenborn, NORC at the University of Chicago
Phoebe Lamuda, NORC at the University of Chicago

 

The National Vision and Eye Health Surveillance System, 2016 Focus on Eye Health National Summit

At the 2016 Focus on Eye Health National Summit on July 13 in Washington, D.C., Panelists provided an overview of the National Vision and Eye Health Surveillance System being advanced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Vision Health Initiative.

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NASEM Report

Making Eye Health a Population Health Imperative: Vision for Tomorrow

The extensive report published by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Health and Medicine Division (NASEM) and co-sponsored by Prevent Blindness, provides detail on the scope of vision problems, barriers to eye health, and system-wide issues that are prevalent in the United States.  It presents recommended population health strategies which will reduce vision impairment and promote eye health, in an effort to slow a projected doubling of chronic vision impairment by 2050.