World Sight Day (WSD) 2018: Eye Care Everywhere
Dr. Suresh Pandey
World Sight Day (WSD) 2018: Eye Care Everywhere
WORLD SIGHT DAY:
A day-long event, intended to bring global attention to crucial matters of blindness and vision impairment, World Sight Day (WSD) is observed on the second Thursday of every October annually. To be celebrated on October 11th this year, the event tends to raise awareness against causes of visual impairment and calls the international community to collaborate with the aim of eliminating blindness, specially avoidable blindness.

WORLD SIGHT DAY THEME:
Organized by the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB), the World Sight Day occupies a significant place in the eye health calendar that engages with the public and private organizations across the globe with the common goal of drawing attention towards vision-related issues and eye health. With a different theme every year, the eighteenth World Sight Day, on October 11th, 2018, is based on the theme, “Eye Care Everywhere.”

WHY WORLD SIGHT DAY IS CELEBRATED?
The purpose of the global event is to explore solutions to these issues to ensure that everyone, irrespective of their geographical location, cultural background, and economic status, is able to have access to sight. Working under the theme of “Eye Care Everywhere,” eye health organizations are expected to spread awareness and share information about eye health, vision care, and curbing the conditions like preventable blindness and visual impairments.

WAR AGAINST PREVENTABLE BLINDNESS
India- Common Causes of Blindness:
1. Cataract. Cataracts are the No.1 cause of blindness here but, fortunately, the condition can be easily treated and the blindness reversed
2. Undercorrected refractive errors
3. Glaucoma
4. Macular degeneration
5. Diabetic retinopathy

UNITED FOR SIGHT
The World Sight Day 2018 tends to bring together the professionals, sponsors, and individuals from diverse background across the world to join hands for the purpose of highlighting the impact of eye health in normal lives. This themed event is not restricted to medical professionals or organizations associated with eye care. It invites people and societies from all backgrounds to take part in the cause. The photo competition organized by IAPB, and All India Ophthalmological Society (AIOS) are important initiative that compels the photographers to capture the essence of the necessity of eye care from their vision and perspective. Photographs can be a means of visual depiction pertaining to how imperative eye health is. For the eye doctors and healthcare organizations, the World Sight Day 2018 requests participation in the global pledge aimed to support blindness prevention efforts.

EYE CARE EVERYWHERE- HOW TO REACH THE UNREACHED?
Commencing outreach programs can be another effectual way of propagating awareness and identifying potential cases of preventable blindness. Establishing medical camps in tribal and remote areas to offer eye examination and offering simplified training about eye care measures can play a significant role in fulfilling the theme of “Eye Care Everywhere.”


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