World Sight Day – October 11th 2018
World Sight Day is quickly approaching on October 11th and to celebrate the day Zyloware is breaking down everything you need to know about the event and how you can get involved!
What is World Sight Day?
World Sight Day (WSD) is an international day of awareness, held annually on the second Thursday of October to focus attention on the global issue of avoidable blindness and visual impairment. This year World Sight Day falls on October 11, 2018. The theme of World Sight Day 2018 is Universal Eye Health, while the event ‘call to action’ is Eye Care Everywhere.
World Site Day began in 2000 and is coordinated by the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB). It has evolved into a global event aiming to spread awareness and advocate about importance of proper eye care and health. World Sight Day provides a platform for organizations to encourage governments, corporations, institutions, and individuals to actively support global blindness prevention efforts.
World Sight Day is the most important advocacy and communications event on 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 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.
IMPORTANT FACTS TO KNOW
- Four out of five blind people are needlessly impaired; let’s work together for the elimination of avoidable blindness
- About 285 million people are visually impaired worldwide. Preventable causes are as high as 80% of the total global visual impairment burden
- 90% of the world’s visually impaired people live in developing countries
Host a Photo Competition:
This year IAPB and Bayer are encouraging amateur and professional photographers from around the world to take part in an International Photography Competition with theme, ‘EyeCare Everywhere’. Send us your pictures with the theme #EyeCareEverywhere by October 11th 2018. Upload your pictures here to enter.
Participate on Social Media:
Promote Eye Examinations:
WSD is a great day for awareness raising and informing potential customers and donors of the causes of avoidable blindness and means of eradicating them. If the focus is cataract, glaucoma, refractive errors or diabetic retinopathy, it all begins with an eye exam. This year, for the week leading up to World Sight Day organize a chain – ask every customer who walks in for an eye exam to bring in two more customers. Inform them of the need to get one’s eyes tested.
Donate to the World Site Day Challenge
The World Sight Day Challenge is the largest annual global fundraising campaign to address avoidable blindness caused by uncorrected refractive error. Participating is easy – simply make a monthly or annual donation during October! Learn more here.
If you and your team can commit to making the effort in planning and working together on the suggested activities for World Sight Day, events will take place in even more countries than last year. It does not matter how small your event is, the important thing is to take part and raise awareness of avoidable blindness.
Let us know on our Facebook or Instagram what you’re doing to celebrate #WorldSightDay, or tell us in the comments below! We’d love to hear from you!