On October 14, we celebrate World Sight Day by pledging to receive annual eye exams, preventing or slowing vision loss, and showing love for our eyes.
Every second Thursday of October, the globe celebrates World Sight Day. Created by the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB), World Sight Day raises awareness of blindness and vision impairment.
This year's theme is #LoveYourEyes. We've asked ophthalmologists, optometrists, retina specialists, and members of the Ophthalmology Times Europe team to share what their vision means to them and what they would miss seeing the most if they were to lose their vision.
The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness has set a goal for 1 million people to pledge to get their eyes tested. Eye exams are one of the most effective ways to fight vision loss as clinicians can detect diseases early and begin sight-saving therapies.
Take the pledge to get your eyes examined, and share your pledge to encourage others to do the same!
The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness coordinates international blindness prevention activities and resources.
IAPB began in the mid-1970’s when Sir John Wilson and his colleagues drew attention to the growing issue of global blindness. In 1975, the IAPB was born, with Sir John Wilson at the helm as the Founder President. Additional founding members were the International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) and the World Blind Union (WBU).
From the beginning, IAPB set its sights on linking professional bodies, non-governmental organisations, educational institutions and individuals in the fight against blindness. Today, it organises events, programmes and campaigns to combat vision loss.
World Sight Day is one of the IAPB’s largest initiatives every year, but they host events, educational resources and opportunities to fight blindness year-round. To learn more about how you can get involved in their fight against vision loss and impairment, visit their website.