[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 46 (Wednesday, March 9, 2011)]
[Presidential Documents]
[Pages 12819-12820]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-5542]

                        Presidential Documents 

Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 46 / Wednesday, March 9, 2011 / 
Presidential Documents

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                Proclamation 8635 of March 4, 2011

Save Your Vision Week, 2011

                By the President of the United States of America

                A Proclamation

                Across America, millions of men and women experience 
                vision loss or are affected by low vision or blindness. 
                During Save Your Vision Week, we reinforce the 
                importance of routine eye care and remind all Americans 
                to take action to safeguard their eyesight.

                Vision is important to our everyday activities, and we 
                can all take steps to protect and prolong our eye 
                health. Through Healthy People 2020, the Department of 
                Health and Human Services' science-based agenda to 
                prevent disease and promote health, our country's 
                leading health officials have identified interventions 
                to preserve sight and prevent blindness. Though some 
                eye diseases and injuries are preventable or treatable 
                with early detection and timely treatment, many 
                Americans do not receive recommended eye exams and 
                screenings. Healthy People 2020 advises each American 
                to get vision check-ups regularly in order to identify 
                vision impairments at an early stage. For more 
                information about eye health or help finding an eye 
                care professional, I encourage all Americans to visit: 

                Preventive eye care, including wearing ultraviolet-
                protective eyewear and following good eating habits, 
                can help support a healthy and active lifestyle at any 
                age. By seeking out information and taking action to 
                protect healthy vision--and encouraging others to do so 
                as well--all Americans can help preserve the precious 
                gift of sight.

                To remind Americans of the importance of safeguarding 
                their eyesight, the United States Congress, by joint 
                resolution approved December 30, 1963, as amended (77 
                Stat. 629; 36 U.S.C. 138), has authorized and requested 
                the President to proclaim the first week in March of 
                each year as ``Save Your Vision Week.''

                NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the 
                United States of America, do hereby proclaim March 6 
                through March 12, 2011, as Save Your Vision Week. 
                During this time, I invite eye care professionals, 
                teachers, members of the media, and all organizations 
                dedicated to preserving eyesight to join in activities 
                that will raise awareness of eye and vision health.

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                IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this 
                fourth day of March, in the year of our Lord two 
                thousand eleven, and of the Independence of the United 
                States of America the two hundred and thirty-fifth.
                    (Presidential Sig.)

[FR Doc. 2011-5542
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