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106 STAT. 5226 PROCLAMATION 6405—FEB. 25, 1992 providing quality health care to all people, regardless of one's ability to pay, and this week, we gratefully salute the many hardworking professionals and volunteers who help to uphold their wonderful tradition of service. The Congress, by Public Law 102-207, has designated the week beginning February 16, 1992, as "National Visiting Nurse Associations Week" and has authorized and requested the President to issue a proclamation in observance of this week. NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE BUSH, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim the week of February 16 through February 22, 1992, as National Visiting Nurse Associations Week. I invite all Americans to observe this week with appropriate programs and activities. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fourteenth day of February, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and ninety- two, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and sixteenth. GEORGE BUSH Proclamation 6405 of February 25, 1992 Save Your Vision Week, 1992 By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation As the "window" to the brain, the human eye joins our other senses in opening the mind to the outside world, enabling us to appreciate more fully the wonders of creation and their wide range of form, color, size, and motion. While the gift of sight is a tremendous blessing, it is one that we sometimes, all too easily, take for granted. Hence, during Save Your Vision Week, we reflect on both the importance of good vision in our daily lives and the vital role of prevention, early detection, and treatment in the fight against vision loss. Each year thousands of Americans suffer from vision loss that might have been prevented. One simple and effective way to prevent such tragedies is through periodic eye examinations by a licensed professional. Regular eye exams can provide an early warning of eye disease and allow an eye care professional to initiate prompt treatment. Glaucoma is one potentially blinding eye disease that can be controlled and treated effectively if detected early. Despite this fact, however, glaucoma remains a leading cause of blindness in the United States. People who run the highest risk of developing the disease—in particular, black Americans over the age of 40 and all persons over the age of 60—are urged to obtain an eye examination at least every two years. Periodic eye examinations are absolutely critical for persons with diabetes. Although diabetic eye disease is treatable, it remains a leading cause of blindness because many people with diabetes fail to have their eyes examined at least annually.