As the world celebrates World Sight Day today, October 14, 2021 much attention has been centered on vision impairment and blindness and how it affects people globally.
This year’s theme, Love Your Eyes will do a lot to remind people about the importance of their eyes, considering some factors that poses danger to a good eyesight.
The World Sight Day is also a day is also calling the attention of people around the world to at least 1 billion people who have near or distance vision impairment that could be prevented or has yet to be addressed.
According to sources, vision impairment does not only affect some people, but people of all ages, with the majority being over the age of 50.
Vision impairment and blindness can have major and long-lasting effects on all aspects of life, including daily personal activities, interacting with the community, school and work opportunities and the ability to access public services.
Apart from the call for everyone to love his or her sight, the World Sight Day will obviously serve as a reminder to people that unoperated cataract and uncorrected refractive error are the leading causes of vision impairment.
It will also be dangerous to ignore age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, infectious diseases of the eye, and trauma, however because they will continue posing danger to the eyes.
The need to proffer solution to these issues affecting the eyes have recently made the 74th World Health Assembly, Member States adopt two new global targets for eye care by 2030.
At least there is 40 per cent increase in effective coverage of refractive errors and a 30 per cent increase in effective coverage of cataract surgery.
While the whole world is reminded to love their eyes, there is a plan by concerned institutions to deliver quality services, while increasing global eye care coverage in the future.