World Sight Day

By International Optique

World Sight Day


"You will miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut." Passionate words from Dr. Seuss, who was probably a literary staple in most homes when growing up. However, have you imagined if the world you view was permanently blurred, grey or distorted? Imagine not being able to see the innocent face of your child, not being able to enjoy the clouds in the sky or something as effortless as glancing at the headlines of the morning newspaper. We usually take it for granted, not really spending a lot of thought on how much we use it daily. Our eyesight is the most important of our five senses. Without it, simple tasks such as walking, brushing our teeth or putting on our shoes would not be possible. Our eyesight needs to be preserved and cared for continually.


World Sight Day is held on the 11th of October 2018. It is a day, annually set aside on the second Thursday of October, to focus global attention on blindness and visual impairment. Blindness refers to complete visual loss. Visual impairment is the decreased ability to see, which causes problems that cannot be corrected by spectacles or contact lenses.  For those with visual impairment, the best obtainable vision when corrected is 60% with spectacles or contact lenses. Here are some distressing facts about blindness and visual impairment:


  • Approximately 253 million peopleworldwide live with low vision and blindness.
  • Of these, 36 million people are blind and 217 million have moderate or severe visual impairment.
  • About three quarters of all blindness related cases can be prevented or treated.
  • Leading causes of blindness are cataract, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, corneal opacities and diabetic retinopathy.
  • Age related blindness is increasing globally. Similarly blindness caused by uncontrolled diabetes is accelerating.
  • 89% of blind people live in developing or low-income countries.
  • 80% of visual impairment is avoidable. It can be readily treated or prevented in developing countries.
  • The number of people blind from infectious causes has greatly reduced in the past 20 years.
  • An estimate of 19 million children worldwide are visually impaired.
  • About 65 % of all people who are visually impaired are aged 50 and older.
  • Increasing elderly populations in many countries mean that more people will be at risk of age-related visual impairment.


This year's theme for World Sight Day is #EyeCareEverywhere. Let us try to be stronger together for our vision by educating each other about the need for eye care. Help spread the message to friends and family about the importance of preserving their vision. The majority of eye conditions have no symptoms or pain in the early stages. Therefore, early detection is of utmost importance to prevent avoidable blindness and vision loss.


At International Optique, we provide eye-care for the whole family. Visit us for all your primary eye-care needs and trustworthy optical advice.



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