With the Optra Fair over for 2013 and the autumnal weather setting in,October is home to World Sight Day, which this year takes place on October 10th and is used to raise awareness of loss of vision and blindness across the globe. Members of the IAPB (International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness) and supporting organisations are all independently planning events to make up the event which is coordinated under the global initiative Vision2020.
They hope collectively to look at and explore international issues surrounding public health and attempt to influence government plans for health and receive their partnership in helping to designate money for programs promoting the prevention of blindness.
With over 284 million people struggling today with poor vision and full loss of sight, it is common place knowledge that ninety per cent of those figures are made up from the number of blind people inhabiting the lowest income countries.
The World Sight Day hopes to assist these target audiences for education and rattling up extra support for those affected or involved with delivering the care for these patients.