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IN Lifestyle ON 12 Oct, 2016
The World Sight day is celebrated on second Thursday of October every year. The purpose of this global event is to draw attention to blind and visually impaired people around the world. The theme of this World Sight Day is 'Stronger Together'.
Let's check out how we can enlighten the life of blind people this World Sight Day.
On this day, IAPB (International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness) members raise awareness for blindness and vision impairment.
At the time of its inception, the World Sight Day was integrated with VISION 2020 for prevention of blindness around the world.
Approximately 19 million kids are visually impaired worldwide. 90% of blind people reside in underdeveloped and developing nations.
Avoidable blindness is the blindness which could be treated by knowing the root cause of the problem.
Some of these causes include cataract, ageing, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, vitamin A deficiency, trachoma, river blindness, etc.
80% of visual impairments can be cured with simple and cost-effective surgeries.
Research suggests that millions of poor kids in the US are suffering from the vision impairment.
You can also provide your valuable assistance by contributing to such programs. Some of these include National Eye Health Education Program, EyeCare America, etc.
IAPB is organizing a photo competition of world's top-notch professional photographers to depict the impact of eye health in the life of people. The pictures will be circulated on the internet with the hashtag #StrongerTogether.
Strong and equitable eye health system can be created by training eye doctors and providing affordable eye care services to everyone.