World sight day 2015 theme is "'Eye care for all", 2014 theme is "No more Avoidable Blindness", 2013 theme is "Universal Eye Health" and 2012 theme is "The Integrated Eye Care Team – Working Together to Eliminate Avoidable Blindness"
World Sight Day 2015 is observed on October 8th
‘World Sight Day’ as the name suggests, is a day that is dedicated to pledging perfect vision for every individual on earth. It is an event that receives global attention every year. The agencies involved help bring attention to vision related issues that are plaguing the world. The World Sight Day initiative is organized under the Vision2020 global initiative.
- It is celebrated annually on the second Thursday of the month of October.
- In 2010, World Sight Day will be observed on the 14th of October.
- In 2011, the day will be observed on the 13th of October.
Observed for the following reasons:
- Awareness is created about blindness and vision impairment issues which are considered to be international public health concerns.
- To motivate health ministers and other government officials to understand the problems and take keen interest in listing viable solutions and allocating resources to fight for the cause.
- To raise awareness and educate people about issues related to vision impairment, the importance of a 2020 vision, the corrective steps to be taken in order to restore partially lost sight etc.
Activities undertaken on World Sight Day:
- Every individual has his own way of commemorating World Sight Day. Some people are known to plant trees to raise awareness.
- Some people indulge in exchanging photos for international photo collages hosted by health agencies around the world.
- Activists, who work solely for the cause, distribute posters, bookmarks, booklets and other promotional material that helps raise awareness. They also visit schools and colleges in order to educate the students about the perils of vision impairment.
Statistics related :
- 80% of 45 million blind people worldwide are over 50 years of age.
- A majority of the blind people, about 90%, live in nations where access to eye care is restricted.
- Out of the eye care services that are administered worldwide, it is known that women and girls receive barely 35% of the care while men and boy receive well over 64%.
- Women and girls make up over two thirds of the blind population worldwide.
- 80% of the world’s blindness can be avoided.
Diseases that receive attention under the Day initiative:
- Refractive error
- Low vision
- Diabetic Retinopathy
World Sight Day:
- The slogan ‘The Right to Sight’ is being advocated in a new promotional video this year.
- The World Health Organization will host an exclusive interactive exhibition on vision and eye care.
- A gala tour, will be organized for supporters, stakeholders and other dignitaries who support the Vision2020 initiative.
- To reach the masses, celebrities will be appointed to endorse the campaigns that will be clubbed with the promotional video and they will be aired on TV as public service notices on international channels.
How can you support it?
- Whether you are affiliated with an organization or you are an individual who wants to help, you can visit the Vision2020 homepage and check the details to make a contribution to the cause.
- Eye care professionals, medical institutions, academic institutions and corporations who wish to lend a helping hand can also read the matter submitted on the Vision2020 homepage.
Vision 2020 Activities:
- The State of the World’s Sight is a report published by The World Health Organization. It contains details of the initiative taken during the first five years of the initiate as well as other information on the same.
- The Vision 2020 Action Plan is a research report that is available on the Vision 2020 website as well as the website of The World Health Organization. This publication applauds the efforts taken by the teams to eradicate vision impairment and their achievements. It also lists the various challenges and obstacles that are plaguing the initiative.