World Blind Day / World Sight Day – October 13th

By Pratyancha jain

\"\"EYES are the most important part of a human body. It lets you cry when you’re sad and creates beautiful expressions when you’re glad. The eyes are at work from the moment we wake up to the moment we close them to go to sleep. They take in plenty of information about the world around us — shape, colours, movements etc. Then they send the information to our brain for processing so the brain knows what’s going on outside of our body. This day is a tribute to those people who don’t have eyes.\"\"

World Sight Day is an annual event focusing on the problem of global blindness; it aims to raise public awareness around the world about the prevention and treatment of loss of vision. The World Sight Day initiative is organized under the Vision2020 global initiative. \”VISION 2020: The Right to Sight\” is a global initiative, launched in 1999, which aims to eliminate avoidable blindness by the year 2020. VISION 2020 programmes have been adopted in more than 40 countries.

Statistics related to World Sight Day

  • \"\"80% of 45 million blind people worldwide are over 50 years of age.
  • A majority of the blind people, about 90%, live in nations where access to eye care is restricted.
  • Out of the eye care services that are administered worldwide, it is known that women and girls receive barely 35% of the care while men and boy receive well over 64%.
  • Women and girls make up over two thirds of the blind population worldwide.
  • 80% of the world’s blindness can be avoided.
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