World Sight Day (WSD) is an international event purposed to draw attention on blindness and vision impairment.
It is observed every year on the second Thursday of October. It was first observed on Thursday 12th October 2000.
It is also observed to influence governments and the ministers of health to get involved in and allocate funds for national blindness prevention programs as well as programs to educate target audiences about blindness and vision impairment.
“Reduced or absent eyesight can have major and long-lasting effects on all aspects of life, including daily personal activities, interacting with the community, school and work opportunities and the ability to access public services.” – World Health Organization
“Reduced eyesight can be caused by several factors, including diseases like diabetes and trachoma, trauma to the eyes, or conditions such as refractive error, cataracts, age-related macular degeneration or glaucoma.” – WHO
“The majority of people with vision impairment are over the age of 50 years; however, vision loss can affect people of all ages.” -WHO
Each year there is a different theme. Many of those who mark the day take this opportunity to celebrate achievements, make donations and advocate for increasing attention towards eye care.
The theme for this year’s event is “Hope In Sight”.
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