Established by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2000, it is the main advocacy event to raise awareness about avoidable blindness and for “VISION 2020: The Right to Sight”, a global effort to prevent avoidable blindness created by the WHO and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB).
Over half a million Australians aged over 40 are living with some form of vision loss and of these, over 66,000 are blind.
The theme of this year’s World Sight Day is prevention.
It is estimated that in Australia, 75 per cent of blindness and vision loss is preventable or treatable.
Saving your sight could be as simple as getting an eye test.
Vision 2020 Australia is undertaking a number of exciting activities this year to celebrate World Sight Day and raise awareness about avoidable blindness. For more info please visit: www.worldsightday.org.au