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World Sight Day : An Insight

World Sight Day is celebrated every year in the month of October to raise public awareness about vision impairment as a major health issue around the world. It a worldwide campaign organised by the International Agency for Prevention of Blindness. IAPB was set up in the min-1970s to draw attention of the world towards global blindness. It is an umbrella organisation to all institutes that focus on mobilizing resources to prevent blindness. IAPB in relation to WHO, works with local bodies, educational institutions and NGOs. It organizes theme focused campaigns each year around the globe. The campaigns help spread the message about preventing the occurrence of blindness and treating those who are blind.

IAPB has come up with the VISION 2020 programme to influence governments to organize programs for blindness prevention. Out of the 285 million people with low vision and blindness , 90% live in low income countries. About 80 % of the visual impairment problems are fixable. It is thus necessary to come up with strategies to control blindness. Also, organize camps to restore sights of those who can’t see.

Understanding the Theme

The theme for this year’s World Sight Day is “Stronger Together”. IAPB focuses on getting attention of those in the eye care industry.  The doctors, social organisations, educational institutes , patients, all need to come together and work towards elimination of blindness. Caretakers of the patients, nurses and donors also have a huge role to play in the process. 

This World Sight Day, IAPB has called upon the photographers from around the world, to click and highlight the impact of eye health in people’s life. Irrespective of the areas of focus that include cataract, glaucoma, diabetes, IAPB aims to reach out to new groups and celebrate partnerships and friendships. IAPB aims to highlight the problems eye patients are facing and collect funds to solve the same.

World Sight Day is a communications opportunity for the eye care people to engage with a bigger audience. It also brings about the importance of health care needs. This World Sight Day let’s get together to work towards all those we know that are in need of an eye care treatment. Also, it is a call to focus on those with permanent eye problem who require rehabilitation. It is that time of the year to draw attention of government, the decision and policy makers to those who are denied eye care, those who are in dire need of the same and are being tossed around from place to place, with no one taking responsibility for them.


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