World Sight Day 2022:
World Sight Day is observed every year on the second Thursday of October to raise awareness about vision impairment, vision care and other issues related to eyes. This year, the day is being observed today i.e. on 13 October. This day is observed to increase awareness about the importance of eye health and to honour ophthalmologists – medical professional who diagnoses and treats human eye and vision problems – who work tirelessly around the globe to combat the issue.
World Sight Day 2022: Theme
Continuing the theme of last year, the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) confirmed that this year’s theme will also be “Love Your Eyes”. This comes following the success of last year’s campaign. 3.5 million pledged to prioritize their eye health.
World Sight Day 2022: Significance
Millions of people around the world do not have access to basic healthcare facilities. While most of the causes of blindness are preventable, most cases end up with visually impaired because they do not have proper treatments. It is a day to raise awareness about getting regular eye checkups as a means to care for your eyes. The gift of sight is often taken for granted.
However, World Sight Day is commemorated to remember all that our eyes do for you. IABP has also social media users to add their voices to World Sight Day. They are asking eye care professionals or organizations to pledge all the tests carried out in the month leading up to World Sight Day. For individuals, they are asking them to pledge to get their sight tested or pledge to take better care of their eyes.
World Sight Day: History
In the mid-1970s Sir John Wilson and others drew the attention of the international community to the problem of global blindness. This led to the formation of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) on January 1, 1975. Sir John Wilson as the Founder and President. The World Blind Union (WBU) and the International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) were its founding members.
The first World Sight Day was celebrated on October 8, 1998. The “SightFirstCampaign” of Lions Club International Foundation (LCIF) was initiated on this day. The organization is renowned for initiating several programs globally related to sight, eye care, risk of suffering from eye diseases, and sight-restoring surgeries.
Important takeaways for all competitive exams:
- International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness CEO: Peter Holland;
- International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness Founded: 1975;
- International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness Headquarters Location: London, United Kingdom.