World Sight Day 2019

This year, World Sight Day is to be held on Thursday 10th October 2019. This annual event, which is always held on the second Thursday of October, is aiming to draw attention to a range of issues surrounding blindness and visual impairment. It is seen as one of the most important communication and advocacy events on the eye health calendar.

Initially started by the Lions Club International Foundation as part of the Sight First campaign in the year 2000, World Sight Day is now coordinated by the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) under the VISION 2020 global initiative which aims to promote “a world in which nobody is needlessly visually impaired”.

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 children, the elderly, those 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 main aims of World Sight Day include:

  • To Raise public awareness of issues surrounding blindness and visual impairment.
  • To influence Governments, and in particular Health Ministers to participate in and donate funds to blindness prevention programmes.
  • To educate about blindness prevention.
  • To generate support for Vision 2020 programme and activities.
  • Across the world, events include seminars, donation drives rallies and online events. There is also an annual World Sight Day photography competition which is open to photographers both amateur and professional, anywhere in the world.

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