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World sight day

February 24, 2016

World sight day

On the second Thursday of October each year, people across the globe are asked to focus on a day dedicated to creating awareness around blindness and vision impairment. This day has been named World Sight Day.

One of the goals of this important occasion is to encourage Governments and Ministries of Health across the globe to get involved in the struggle against theses afflictions and to allocate funding to the national blindness prevention programmes.  

Another goal is to educate the public and target audiences about blindness prevention. A total of 4 out of 5 people who are blind are needlessly so. Education is the key to helping the public to understand how to prevent this from happening to themselves or loved ones.

There are approximately 39 million blind people and 246 million with moderate to severe visual impairment worldwide. 19 million of these individuals are children. This is a cause which cannot be ignored.  The poorer countries host the vast majority of these sufferers. The raising of awareness and funding is vital to the eradication of unnecessary blindness globally. The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness is working hard to eliminate this problem by the year 2020. 

Vision-Works is doing its part by continuing its extremely affordable R90 Eye Test Campaign to make the service accessible to as many people as is possible. Make your way to your nearest Vision-Works store today. 

#LoveYourEyes

Sources:
World Sight Day | International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness. 2015. World Sight Day | International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.iapd.org/advocacy/world-sight-dat. [Accessed 02 October 2015].

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