Open Your Eyes and See Change
Worldwide, 285 million people are vision impaired with low vision or blindness. Of those 285 million, 80% have preventable conditions. Still, every 5 seconds someone in the world goes blind.
Today is World Sight Day – the international day of awareness for the global issues of avoidable blindness and visual impairment. Vision 2020 defines avoidable blindness as blindness which could be either treated or prevented by known, cost effective means. Restorations of sight and blindness prevention strategies are among the most cost-effective interventions in health care. Target disease areas are cataracts, refractive errors, trachoma, childhood blindness, low vision, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and onchocerciasis.
Additionally, improving a person’s sight encourages self-sufficiency, progress, and development. Granting vision to those without it grants new outlooks on lives and new opportunities.
How can you help? Visit www.vision2020.org to learn more about their efforts. Raise Awareness, Open your Eyes, and See the Change.