World Sight Day
October 9th, 2014 marks World Sight Day (WSD) and the effort to raise awareness for ‘Avoidable Blindness’. Avoidable Blindness is a concept that many of us are hit with eye disease after it is far too late and often because we have not tried taking preventative actions to detect eye issues earlier or at critical times in life. Below are statistics that we acquired from the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB):
- Approximately 285 million people worldwide live with low vision and blindness
- Of these, 39 million people are blind and 246 million have moderate or severe visual impairment
- 90% of blind people live in low-income countries
- Yet 80% of visual impairment is avoidable – i.e. readily treatable and/or preventable
- Restorations of sight, and blindness prevention strategies are among the most cost-effective interventions in health care
- The number of people blind from infectious causes has greatly reduced in the past 20 years
- An estimated 19 million children are visually impaired
- About 65 % of all people who are visually impaired are aged 50 and older, while this age group comprises only 20% of the world’s population
- Increasing elderly populations in many countries mean that more people will be at risk of age-related visual impairment.
Help us help the world and do your part to end blindness in the world today. Raise awareness in your community by sharing this blog and other posts associated with WSD, make an appointment today for every member of your family for an examination and continue preventative maintenance for eye health and eye care everyday throughout the year.
Foster Grant is also helping promote a website (www.ReaderGlasses.com) dedicated to helping those in need around the world through their Pair for Pair™ Program. Every pair of reading glasses you purchase from their site, they donate a pair of reading glasses to a charity that distributes eyewear all over the world for those in need. So take care of your eyes and help others while doing it!
*Facts, bulleted points, and more information can be found on the IAPB website.