World Sight Day is a key communications event in the eye health calendar. It is a great time to engage with the world around us – a patient’s family, those who seldom get an eye exam, diabetics. We have the data and evidence. We also have projections into the future –and we know things can go bad, if we don’t act now.
This year, let us draw attention to eye care issues so that everyone, everywhere has access to good eye health. 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.
Eye Care Everywhere
We know now that 1.2 billion people don’t have access to glasses. Over 3 out of 4 –>75%–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.