World Sight Day 2021 : Worldwide, approximately 1 billion people of all age groups suffer from severe visual impairments such as nearsightedness or farsightedness or blindness. More than 20 percent of the world’s blind population lives in India alone. World Sight Day, celebrated every year on the second Thursday in October, is an international event that spreads awareness about blindness and visual impairment. This year it is being celebrated on this day i.e. 14 October. What is its theme this year and we will also look at its history and importance.
what is the theme this year
The theme of this year’s World Sight Day is “Love Your Eyes”. This theme emphasizes on the need to spread awareness about our eye health and take care of our eyesight. For this purpose, we should get our eyes tested and encourage those we know to do the same.
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World Sight Day began in the year 2000 as an initiative by the Lions Club International organization’s SiteFirst campaign. The initiative is part of The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) Vision 2020: The Right to Sight (V2020) scheme. It was launched on 18 February 1999 in Geneva by both the IAPB and the World Health Organization (WHO).
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World Sight Day was first celebrated in the year 2000. The theme of its sixth event in 2005 was ‘Right to Sight’. Since then, it is celebrated every year with a theme to focus on eye health and vision problems in children and vision loss in the elderly. Last year the theme of World Sight Day was “Hope in Sight”.
Our eyes help us navigate our surroundings and fulfill every major function in our daily life. Thus vision has a direct impact on our existence and the quality of our life. As the IAPB notes on their website, they want the public to join hands with organizations to urge other people, governments, various institutions and corporations to have universal access to eye health for all. can be emphasized.
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