World Sight Day is observed every year on the second Thursday of October with an aim to create attention and awareness on a wide range of issues related to blindness and vision impairment. This year, World sight Day falls on 8 October and the theme is ‘Hope In Sight’.
World sight Day was first initiated during the Sight First Campaign of Lion Club International Foundation in 2000, since then it has been integrated into VISION 2020 which is jointly coordinated by International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) and supported by the World Health Organization (WHO).
This day let’s work together and find solutions to guarantee that each and every person across the globe has access to good sight and also spread the message of #HopeInSight.
As per the statistics about one billion people across the globe have a preventable vision impairment that has not been addressed. Poor eyesight or vision problems can have a long-lasting impact on all aspects of life such as daily activities relating to school, work, communities and the ability to access public services.
This day also stresses the need of encouraging actions to prevent blindness, as reports reveal that 80% of blindness is preventable or completely treatable and only 4 out of 5 people have avoidable eye issues, thus initiating several preventive measures to thwart off avoidable blindness and visual impairment.
Poor eyesight is caused due to several factors including medical conditions like diabetes, trachoma, trauma to the eyes or conditions like refractive error, cataracts, age-related macular degeneration and glaucoma. Vision problems generally affect people over the age of 50 years, however, vision loss can affect people of all age groups.
Eyes are the most sensitive organs of the human body that needs proper care and attention. You need a healthy vision for a lifetime. Good nutrition and eyesight go hand in hand, especially certain nutrients are valuable in enhancing your eye health. These nutrients hold a significant role in averting the risk of vision problems like cataract, age-related macular degeneration to mention a few.
Foray this infographic to get an overview about 5 essential nutrients that helps to maintain optimum vision health.