The Women’s Eye Health.org (WEH.org) formed in response to the troubling reality that two-thirds of the world’s population of blind and visually impaired persons are women. The WEH.org was conceived as an educational outreach program to fill a unique niche—women’s eye health education—for both the lay public and health care professionals.
Our goals include:
Educating the lay public, especially women, directly by:
- Distribution of information kits that will include our eye health care checklists
- Distribution of materials to the print and broadcast media
- Creation and distribution of informational videos
Making health care professionals aware of the prevalence of blindness and visual impairment in women by developing an informational campaign directed toward professional organizations and journals, including:
- distribution of educational brochures (some translated into languages other than English), posters and use a Powerpoint presentation
- sponsorship of symposia on the topics of women’s eye health and gender-related differences in eye health.
- radio media tours
In developing countries, which bear a much greater overall burden of blindness than to developed countries:
- Disseminate and support action on the data that demonstrate the greater burden of blindness in women
- Contact health officials and ophthalmology/optometry organizations (where available) to make them aware of the prevalence issues and attempt to put them into contact with agencies and people who may help them with this issue
Advocate for research by taking an active role in determining the causes of the non-age-related eye diseases that are prevalent in women by sponsoring a refined meta-analysis of excess blindness in women in industrialized countries, to reveal more precisely the real extent and causes of this greater burden.
Women’s Eye Health.org is a non-profit organization, whose work to date has been largely volunteered, but to proceed, we need your help!
If you’d like to help
Please make a donation by check payable to: Women’s Eye Health.org and mail it to:
Schepens Eye Research Institute, Mass. Eye and Ear
c/o Dong Feng Chen
20 Staniford Street
Boston, MA 02114.
Your gift is tax-deductible to the extent provided by law. We thank you!