World Sight Day 8 Oct, 2015 is an international day of awareness, held annually every October, to focus attention on the global issue of avoidable blindness and visual impairment. #Eyecareforall #WSD15 #WorldSightDay
DID YOU KNOW?
– 4 out of 5 blind people are needlessly impaired
– About 285 million people are visually impaired worldwide. Preventable causes are as high as 80% of the total global visual impairment burden.
– 90% of the world’s visually impaired people live in developing countries.
– An estimated 19 million children are visually impaired
– About 65 % of all people who are visually impaired are aged 50 and older, while this age group comprises only 20% of the world’s population
WHAT CAN I DO?
WSD is a great day for raisning awareness of the causes of avoidable blindness and means of eradicating them. If the focus is cataract, glaucoma, refractive errors or diabetic retinopathy, it all begins with an eye exam. Make sure you get your family’s eyes tested regularly and tell your friends to do the same.
World Sight Day Challenge
The World Sight Day Challenge is the largest annual global fundraising campaign to address avoidable blindness caused by uncorrected refractive error. Participating is easy – simply make a monthly or annual donation. Link to World Sight Day challenge