World Sight Day is celebrated every second Thursday in October annually. The holiday is celebrated all over the world to increase public awareness about the problems of vision and blindness. On this day, it’s time to remember your own vision, to make sure that even in old age it remains clear and crisp.
The holiday was founded by the Lions Clubs International Foundation during their “SightFirstCampaign”, this day was conceived to spread truthful information about vision and blindness. The campaign, created by Lions Clubs in 1990, was originally aimed at combating blindness due to trachoma and other causes. It is thanks to this initiative of the foundation that 488 million people with visual impairments were able to receive timely assistance.
The holiday was established in 2000 in cooperation with the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB), and every year first-aid kits and material assistance were sent to visually impaired people. At the initiative of the agency and the foundation, in 2020, 755 events were held in 140 countries around the world, which were dedicated to World Sight Day.
- about 285 million people in the world live with blindness or low vision;
- 39 million people in the world are completely blind;
- 90% of the blind live in countries with a low standard of living;
- about 65% of visually impaired people over 50;
- According to the IAPB, about 80% of visual impairments, if diagnosed early, can be either prevented or easily cured.
How to celebrate
An ideal celebration would be a visit to the ophthalmologist for a routine eye exam and to identify hidden or obvious eye problems. Early diagnosis of ophthalmic diseases helps to prevent negative consequences and start timely treatment. On this day, it is advisable to just give your eyes a break, get distracted from working at a computer or reading a book, and just go for a walk, meet friends and family.
When is World Sight Day celebrated in 2022?
World Sight Day is observed on the second Thursday in October each year.