World Sight Day celebrated across globe


Today (9 October), it is the World Sight Day (WSD) is to draw attention to avoidable blindness and rehabilitation. The theme of WSD is “Universal Eye Health” and the call for action is “No more Avoidable Blindness” with the aim to reduce cataract, trachoma and avoidable blindness.

The main WSD Event is being held in Mexico City by the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB). The IAPB has urged the world community to collect better evidence on the magnitude and prevalence of blindness prevention; train more eye care professionals; provide comprehensive eye care services and integrate them into existing health provision/ systems; and identify and eliminate social and economic obstacles, particularly for the poor and the marginalised.

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According to Dr. Noel G. Chua, a noted eye specialist, the eye ailments like glaucoma, cataract, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration and optic neuropathy need to be given added attention so that those afflicted would continue to have quality of life. He has urged for a global action plan to mitigate treatable eye ailments for the 285 million people with low vision and the 39 million blind worldwide.

Here are a few simple tips to take care of your eyes. First, cut down the amount of ultraviolet light into the eye on sunny days by wearing sunglasses. Secondly, do not watch too much of TV and never sit too close to it. Thirdly, control your sugar intake and control diabetes. Get the eyes checked periodically.