World Sight Day is observed on the second Thursday of October every year to raise awareness about the importance of eye health and the challenges faced by people with vision loss. This day is organized by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) as part of their global efforts to promote eye health. Eye Health Aotearoa (EHA) is a member of IAPB, and Blind Low Vision NZ is a proud member of EHA. Together, we collaborate with stakeholders in the eye health sector to advocate for equitable access to quality eye care services for all New Zealanders.
Vision loss is a major public health issue affecting millions of people worldwide. According to the WHO, approximately 1.3 billion people, or about one-fifth of the world’s population, live with some form of vision loss, the majority of which are preventable or treatable, yet many people do not have access to the necessary eye care services.
World Sight Day is an opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of eye health and the challenges faced by people with vision loss. The day is marked with events and activities around the world, including eye health screenings, public education campaigns, and fundraising efforts to support eye care services.
There are many ways to get involved and support World Sight Day. You can donate to organisations that support eye health and vision rehabilitation. You can also advocate for legislation that promotes better access to eye care services.
By increasing our understanding of eye health and advocating for the rights of individuals who are blind, deafblind or have low vision, we can strive towards a more inclusive and welcoming society for all. On World Sight Day and beyond, let’s work to defend the dignity and rights of people with vision loss. We can help create a more accepting world for everyone by coming together and taking action.
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