WHEREAS, more than 25 million Americans report experiencing significant vision loss, including approximately 6.5 million seniors 65 years of age or older; and,
WHEREAS, the Michigan Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons encourages residents to have a routine eye examination, which is key for early diagnosis and treatment to prevent blindness and vision loss from sight-threatening diseases such as age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and cataracts; and,
WHEREAS, the Michigan Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons is a professional corporation whose mission is to ensure quality medical eye care and to raise awareness of potentially blinding eye diseases; and,
WHEREAS, routine eye examinations are important in ensuring long-term health of the eyes. It is important to support programs that educate the community about blindness and the critical role rehabilitation services play in assisting those with eyesight loss so that they may live independently and productively; and,
WHEREAS, we seek to increase public knowledge of the preventable causes of blindness and to acknowledge that blind and visually impaired people can lead independent and productive lives with training and use of the services available;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim April 2016 as Blindness Prevention Month in Michigan.