World Sight Day is one of the most important days in the calendar when it comes to raising global awareness about eye health. With 36 million people in the world who are blind, and 217 million people who have moderate to severe distance vision impairment (MSVI), we have a lot of work to do.
This World Sight Day, throw your support behind the global movement that’s raising eye health awareness in one of the six ways listed below.
WHAT IS WORLD SIGHT DAY?
World Sight Day is an important day in the eye health calendar. It is an annual awareness day that is observed on the second Thursday of October every year.
World Sight Day aims to focus global attention on blindness, vision impairment and eye care.
World Sight Day is coordinated by the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) under the global initiative VISION 2020: The Right to Sight.
Each year a different theme is chosen by IAPB as an area of focus for advocacy and awareness, and members and supporting organisation organise events and celebrations.
This year’s theme is ‘Universal Eye Health’ and the key call to action is ‘Vision First’.
Read more about World Sight Day, IAPB and the work of The Fred Hollows Foundation in the eye health sector, or go to any of the following links to learn how you can be involved in World Sight Day celebrations this year.
#1 ENTER THE WORLD SIGHT DAY 2019 PHOTO COMPETITION – VISION FIRST!
#2 ENCOURAGE EVERYONE YOU KNOW TO ESTABLISH A GOOD EYE HEALTH ROUTINE
#3 BECOME A REGULAR DONOR THIS WORLD SIGHT DAY
#4 ORGANISE YOUR OWN WORLD SIGHT DAY FUNDRAISING EVENT
#5 SPREAD THE WORD – SHARE ON SOCIAL MEDIA!
#6 SPEAK OUT FOR EYE HEALTH