Happy World Sight Day

On October 9, 2008, in blindness, global health, by Karen Grepin

Today, October 9, is World Sight Day. I have had the opportunity to work with a number of blindness prevention organizations in the past, including the International Trachoma Initiative as well the African Programme for Onchocerciasis Control (APOC) and have some understanding of the scope and severity of this issue in the developing world. On my flight to Ghana earlier this week I sat next to a man who worked for Bausch and Lomb, and so I also had the chance to learn more about their activities in the developing world.

The key messages for World Sight Day 2008 from the International Trachoma Initiative:

Among the key global messages for World Sight Day 2008 is that 75% of blindness is avoidable, and 90% of blind people live in low-income countries, where older people often face barriers to health care.

If you are reading this, then you have your vision. Imagine if you could not read, access the internet, or even get around in communities with no services for people with no vision?

Also check out the blog by Orbis.

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1 Response » to “Happy World Sight Day”

  1. ORBIS International says:

    Thanks for helping to spread the word about World Sight Day 2008! Since you mentioned trachoma in your post today, please be sure to take a look at a post from blog.orbis.org about trachoma control in Ethiopia: http://blog.orbis.org/orbis_international/2008/08/eyes-on-ethiopi.html#more. Trachoma is certainly a cause of preventable blindness that ORBIS is striving to eliminate.

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