World Sight Day is October 9, 2014. The purpose of this day is to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment. This event is co-ordinated by IAPB (International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness) and the VISION 2020 Global Initiative.
This year’s theme or call-to-action is ‘No More Avoidable Blindness’. There are 9 facts listed below that perfectly state what this day of year is all about. Help us raise awareness for people near and far to get their eyes checked and to support institutions that help support this cause as well.
- Approximately 285 million people worldwide live with low vision and blindness
- Of these, 39 million people are blind and 246 million have moderate or severe visual impairment
- 90% of blind people live in low-income countries
- Yet 80% of visual impairment is avoidable – i.e. readily treatable and/or preventable
- Restorations of sight, and blindness prevention strategies are among the most cost-effective interventions in health care
- The number of people blind from infectious causes has greatly reduced in the past 20 years
- An estimated 19 million children are visually impaired
- About 65 % of all people who are visually impaired are aged 50 and older, while this age group comprises only 20% of the world’s population
- Increasing elderly populations in many countries mean that more people will be at risk of age-related visual impairment.
Here at ReaderGlasses.com we collaborated with a great company, Restoring Vision, where every pair of readers that is bought on our website, we donate 1 pair to Restoring Vision. This program is called Pair for Pair and you can click here to view more information about this program. Restoring Vision then takes these much needed reading glasses and distributes them all across the world!
Many people in third world countries make their income from tasks such as; knitting, beadwork, stitching, woodworking, etc. all which require exceptional eyesight. As these individuals age, their most valuable asset begins to fade and diminish (their eyes) and they lack the ability to support their families through working. Our initiatives along with restoring Vision have allowed millions of people across the world to continue to work and provide for their families, many of whom survive on less than $50.00/ year per family.
So we ask you this month to take extra appreciation and help us do our part to support those in need around the world! Help others in need by helping yourself and taking care of your own eyes!
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