Vision, the most dominant of our senses, plays a critical role in every facet and stages of our lives, we most often take our vision for granted,and without vision, we’ll be unable to learn, walk, to read and to participate in daily activities.
That’s one of the reasons the World Sight Day Global Initiative is important, to give more awareness on eye health and safety.
Prevent Blindness, a leading Volunteer eyes health and safety organization that is dedicated to fighting blindness and saving sight, founded in 1908 with national headquarters in Chicago Illinois will join world sight day global Initiative to create more awareness in this year sight day global awareness with the theme ‘Love Your Eyes At Work’, the mission is to prevent blindness.
Prevent Blindness Joins World Sight Day Global Initiative
Prevent Blindness spurred action in 1908 after learning that 30 percent of blindness in children was easily preventable, volunteers banded together to organize the forerunner of today’s Prevent Blindness, creating awareness on eye health and safety.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 30 million people worldwide live with vision impairment linked to their work , amounting to 1% of all non-fatal occupational injuries.
Globally, at least 2.2 billion people have a near or distance vision impairment. In at least 1 billion of these, vision impairment could have been prevented or is yet to be addressed.
World Sight Day will call on employers to look into the benefits they offer their employees, Insurers to consider expanding their vision and eye health benefits, and federal and state policy makers to prioritize national eye health and safety in their health care policy actions, said Jeff Todd, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness.
Individuals who want to support themselves and their families, while contributing to America’s economy, deserve access to eye care that can help them enjoy productive and engaging lives.
Prevent Blindness recently hosted a world sight Day reception at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel in Washington DC. featuring Peter Holland, CEO of International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB).
What Is Blindness?
Blindness is defined as the state of being sightless. A blind individual is unable to see, the word blindness means the inability of a person to distinguish darkness from bright light in either eye.
Vision impairment can range from mild to severe, globally, between 300 million- 400 million people are visually impaired due to various causes.
This figure is alarming, hence the need for global awareness on preventive measures to curtail the occurrence of such conditions.
The leading causes of vision impairment and blindness globally are
•Age related macular degeneration
It is worthy to note that causes of vision impairment and blindness may vary between countries according to the availability of eye Care service, affordability, and health education.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), congenital cataract is a leading cause of vision impairment in low income countries, while in middle income countries, it is most likely to be retinopathy of prematurity.
In high income countries, diseases such as glaucoma and age related macular degeneration are most common.
In 2020, Prevent Blindness launched the Glaucoma Community, in partnership with Responsum Health, a mobile app and online knowledge platform for patients with glaucoma and their caregiver.
To further strengthen its collaboration in this year’s World Sight Day Global Initiative, Prevent Blindness and its affiliate will conduct free vision screenings and education events across the country with a focus on workplaces that include smaller businesses and the self-employed.
Vision impairment poses an enormous global financial burden with an estimated annual global productivity loss of about US$411 billion purchasing power parity. This figure far outweighs the estimated cost gap of addressing the unmet need of vision impairment estimated at about US$25 billion.
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