World Sight Day: 10 Oct – Vision First

World Sight Day: 10 Oct - Vision First!
The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB)
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10th October 2019

The Photo above is of Eye screening at a school by Naegeli Remo

World Sight Day (WSD) is an annual day of awareness co-ordinated by IAPB to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment.

It is held on the second Thursday of October. IAPB encourages our members and partners to continue using the WHO Global Action Plan’s rolling theme: Universal Eye HealthThis year, the call to action for World Sight Day is:  Vision First!

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World Sight Day—the most important advocacy and communications day in the eye health calendar—is on 10 October 2019. When was the last time you got an eye exam? Your family, friends and colleagues? This World Sight Day, let’s pledge to take an eye exam—and encourage others to do the same!

We have the data and evidence. We also have projections into the future–an ageing world population, myopia and diabetic retinopathy are set to increase vision impairment in the coming decades.

Cataract, refractive errors, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, AMD, ROP—eye care issues impact every age group and their well-being. What’s the first thing you can do? Plan for an eye examination. Look around in your family, especially for those who are vulnerable: young, school-going childrenthe elderlythose with diabetes.

Download the WSD18 Activities Report to see how the world marked World Sight Day in 2018!

World Sight Day 2019 will be on 10 October 2019. This year’s call to action:

Vision First!

More than a billion people cannot see well, because they don’t have access to glasses. Over 3 out of 4 of the world’s vision impaired are avoidably so. What can be done to arrest this unconscionable fact? First, arm yourself with your country’s prevalence data and Eye Health system information–the number of trained eye health personnel, your country’s plans to tackle blindness.

This World Sight Day, let’s find the solutions to ensure that everyone, everywhere has access to sight. Let’s pledge to make Vision First!

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB)
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