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World Sight Day – this year October 12


World Sight Day is held every year on the second Thursday in October. The day is observed worldwide to raise awareness of blindness and visual impairment as major international public health issues and to highlight the importance of good eye care.


The world's population is aging and people are living longer. With this also comes increased age related vision problems that can lead to blindness, such as cataracts, macular degeneration and glaucoma. Some conditions can be treated or cured, and timely eye care can often delay or reduce the effects of diseases on vision. This is of crucial importance for the sufferer's perceived quality of life as vision is often stated as our most dominant sense. In 2020, the number of visually impaired worldwide was estimated at 596 million and the number of blind at 43 million. The corresponding figures in 2050 are estimated to increase to 895 million visually impaired and 61 million blind.* This further shows how important it is with necessary eye care for an ever larger group of people and thus also the importance of paying attention to World Sight Day!


LVI Low Vision International both develops, produces and sells vision aids. On our website you can read more about LVI and our range of vision aids.


*Burton et al, The Lancet Global Health, 2021, The Lancet, 9th 489-551.


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