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NEI established NEHEP to increase awareness among healthcare professionals and the public of scientifically based health information that can be applied to preserving sight and preventing blindness.  NEHEP works in partnership with a variety of public and private organizations that conduct eye health education programs.

Program activities are designed to promote the importance of early detection and timely treatment of eye disease and the use of vision rehabilitation services using strategies that are culturally appropriate, health-literate, and evidence-based.  NEHEP programs provide healthcare professionals with information, materials, and resources to educate patients and the public about eye health and the importance of comprehensive dilated eye examinations.

NEHEP is supported by a Planning Committee and a Partnership, which bring a vast array of knowledge about eye health and experience with populations at higher risk for eye disease.


Department of Health and Human Services NIH, the National Institutes of Health