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World Sight Day 2020: Hope In Sight

by Public Health Update

World Sight Day (WSD) is an annual day of awareness held on the second Thursday of October, to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment. World Sight Day 2020 is on 8 October 2020. World Sight Day was initiated by the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) and it became an official IAPB event in the year 2000.

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World Sight Day is a common platform for organisations to encourage governments, corporations, institutions and individuals to actively support universal access to eye health.

Theme 2020

The theme for World Sight Day is Hope In Sight.

The recent World Health Assembly resolution for eye health, marks the next major milestone for global eye health. With political commitment to take action to make eye care an integral part of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and to implement ‘integrated people-centred eye care’ there is #HopeInSight.

This World Sight Day, let’s find the solutions to ensure that everyone, everywhere has access to sight. Let’s pledge to spread the message of #HopeInSight.

Facts

  • Globally, at least 1 billion people have a near or distance vision impairment that could have been prevented or has yet to be addressed.
  • The leading causes of vision impairment and blindness are uncorrected refractive errors and cataracts.
  • The majority of people with vision impairment and blindness are over the age of 50 years.
  • Prevalence of vision impairment in many low- and middle-income regions is estimated to be four times higher than in high-income regions.

Causes

Globally, the leading causes of vision impairment are:

  • uncorrected refractive errors
  • cataract
  • age-related macular degeneration
  • glaucoma
  • diabetic retinopathy
  • corneal opacity
  • trachoma

Source of Info: WHO & International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB)

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