Allergan, 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.
From respected rapper, to successful actor, to everyone’s favorite pitchman, Common the Rapper has a new partnership with See America, an initiative created by the eye care company Allergan.
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.
The key to effective treatment in all of these preventable blindness situation is early detection. We encourage everyone to have regular annual eye exams. Our office is accepting new patients. Please call 704-821-5009 to schedule your exam.
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