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Prevention of Blindness Week 2024, 1st to 7th April

Our eyes are very important and allow us to see the world around us. However, many people around the world suffer from blindness or vision problems. To address this, the Indian government has declared April 1 to April 7 as Prevention of Blindness Week. This week aims to create awareness about the importance of taking care of our eyes and getting regular eye examinations to prevent eye diseases like age-related macular degeneration.

Prevention of Blindness Week, History

In 1960, Jawaharlal Nehru and Raj Kumari Amrit Kaur started the National Society for the Prevention of Blindness. It is a voluntary organization that accepts donations and works with other groups to fight blindness. India was the first country to take a loan from the World Bank to help eliminate blindness.

Prevention of Blindness Week 2024, Theme

The theme for Prevention of Blindness Week 2024 is decided by the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness, and other non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The theme for this year has not been announced yet.

Nationwide Campaign

During this week, healthcare workers, educators, social workers, and volunteers come together for a nationwide campaign. They organize free eye check-up camps and clinics to promote eye hygiene and preventive measures.

The main goal is to educate people about:

  • Causes of blindness like injuries, diseases, and other factors
  • Ways to prevent eye problems
  • Available treatments and cures

Preventive Steps

Prevention of Blindness Week encourages people to take steps to protect their vision:

  • Get regular eye exams to detect problems early
  • Follow a healthy lifestyle with a balanced diet and no smoking
  • Use proper eye protection against sunlight and other hazards
  • Learn about eye hygiene practices

By observing Prevention of Blindness Week, India aims to raise awareness and help people take better care of their precious eyesight.

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