World Sight Day
On 13th October 2016, we celebrate World Sight Day. Under the VISION 2020 Global Initiative, World Sight Day (WSD) is coordinated by the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) and in cooperation with the World Health Organization (WHO).
WSD was established to raise awareness about visual impairment and blindness. There are approximately 285 million people worldwide live with low vision and blindness (39 million people are blind and 246 million have moderate or severe visual impairment). However, 80% of visual impairment is avoidable.
2016 also marks the fourth year of the WHO Global Action Plan. This plan is endorsed by governments around the world to work towards universal eye health. As part of this plan, there is a collective goal of a 25% reduction of avoidable visual impairment by 2019.
Here’s how you can get involved with World Sight Day:
- IAPB photo competition: amateur and professional photographers around the world are encouraged to take part in International Photography Competition with theme ‘Stronger Together’. Share your pictures on social media using the hashtag #WSD2016 and #StrongerTogether
- Social media: aside from the photo competition, be socially active to raise awareness of World Sight Day by using the hashtag #WorldSightDay and #StrongerTogether
- Eye test: not only should you get your eyes tested but you should also encourage friends and family to regularly get their eyes tested. This is especially recommended for children and people suffering from medical conditions, such as diabetes, which can lead to visual impairment