A vision to fight blindness

Vinod C Dixit

World Sight Day was celebrated on 12th October. World Sight Day is an important advocacy and communication event on the eye health calendar. When the world’s population is ageing and people are living longer, the blindness from chronic conditions is rising. It is need of the hour to raise public awareness on blindness and vision impairment as major international public health issue. About 80 percent of the world’s 45 million blind people are aged over 50 years. In addition to the 625 million people with uncorrected vision impairment, up to 1 billion people could be at risk of blindness by the middle of the century if an emerging short-sightedness (myopia) epidemic is ignored.
We need to provide necessary eye care to reduce the global number affected by avoidable blindness or vision impairment. This starts with awareness and action. People should get their eyes checked from time to time and make a commitment to value their vision. Parents should encourage their children to spend time outdoors for at least two hours each day. It must be ensured that children don’t spend too much time on electronic devices, such as tablets, mobile phones, electronic games, television and other activities which require them to focus close up for long periods.
—Ahmedabad, India