Everyone has the right to see, but access to eyecare and the ability to treat preventable eye conditions is a privilege we can easily take for granted.
World Sight Day is on October 10, 2019 and this year we’re encouraging you to ask your family and friends, “When was the last time you had an eye exam?”. Think about the people close to you, especially children, the elderly and those with diabetes and have a conversation with them about the importance of regular eye exams.
Eye exams aren’t just about determining whether we need glasses or not, they can detect signs of myopia, diabetic retinopathy, cataract, refractive errors, glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration. These are issues that can impact anyone and can be prevented with early diagnosis and treatment.
We recommend getting an eye exam every year and booking an appointment if you notice any changes in your vision including blurred, hazy or double vision, seeing flashes of lights or floating spots, itchy or sore eyes and headaches. If you’ve been putting off getting an eye exam (we get it, it’s one of those things) this is the perfect week to do so.
According to the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness, Over 3 out of 4 of the world’s vision impaired population are avoidably so. More than a billion people cannot see well, because they don’t have access to glasses, including tens of millions of children with uncorrected shortsightedness.
This World Sight Day, $5 from every sale online and in-store across the country will be donated to Optometry Giving Sight, a global fundraising initiative that specifically targets the prevention of blindness and impaired vision due to uncorrected refractive error – simply the need for an eye exam and a pair of glasses. Optometry Giving Sight supports programs that train local eye care professionals, establish optometry schools and vision centres for sustainability and deliver eye care and low cost glasses.
Bailey Nelson Head of Optometry, Dr. Phuong Truong, is passionate about supporting causes that aim to combat preventable eye conditions.
“At Bailey Nelson, we help people see. That’s why we think it’s so important to be involved in projects that support this vision. The number one cause of blindness in the world is uncorrected refractive error which means we could cure a person from their blindness by simply giving them a pair of glasses.” she says.
“I’ve seen first hand the look of pure joy on someone’s face when we give them a pair of glasses and it’s the first time that they have been able to see in 30 years! The ability to see not only allows them their independence, but also allows them to work and support their family and entire village. By teaming up with Optometry Giving Sight, we hope to raise awareness about the lack of access to eye exams and vision correction in developing nations and allow people to understand just how powerful the gift of sight is.”
So, if you’re after a new pair of BNs, drop by on World Sight Day to ensure that a portion of your purchase is helping someone maintain their vision.
Image source: www.givingsight.org