World Sight Day is an annual event that raises awareness about preventable blindness and vision impairment. Celebrated on the second Thursday of October, this day is a part of Blindness Awareness Month and offers a great opportunity to learn about the importance of eye health.
Read about World Sight Day 2023 below and how to get involved. Mark your calendars for October 12 and find out what you can do to make a difference.
World Sight Day was created in 2000 as part of a Lions Club International Foundation (LCIF) campaign. It has since expanded to include more associations. The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) and the World Health Organization (WHO) now organize the event and theme each year.
The purpose of World Sight Day is to draw attention to preventable issues that cause blindness and vision impairment. Organizers also raise awareness about the lack of access to quality eye care in many parts of the world. World Sight Day provides a platform for people to share stories and encourage action.
In 2020, World Sight Day hosted 255 events throughout 47 countries. These events included online seminars and donation drives. The theme was "Hope in Sight" and the hashtag #HopeInSight was used to promote the initiative.
This year, the IAPB invites participants to show what it means to "Love your eyes at work," or #LoveYourEyes. This campaign urges people to prioritize their eye health and encourages employers to recognize the significance of eye care within workplace environments.
To better understand the significance of World Sight Day, let's take a look at a few statistics related to eye health:
Ensuring better vision for all individuals starts with understanding what causes vision impairment. Common causes of vision loss include:
You can take steps to promote and maintain good eye health at home, such as:
World Sight Day invites individuals and their communities to help make the world a better place. Here are some ways to get involved:
World Sight Day is an excellent opportunity to raise awareness about the impact of preventable blindness and vision impairment. FramesDirect is proud to be a part of Blindness Awareness Month and is committed to helping people find the proper eyewear for their needs.
Join us on October 12, 2023, and show your support. Together, we can make sure everyone has access to the care they need and improve lives around the world. #LoveYourEyes.