The second Thursday of October is World Sight Day, a UN observance but not a public holiday in any country. The World Health Organisation (WHO) and International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) both promote the day. The Lion’s Club has also been very active in promoting World Sight Day for many years.
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The fact that most of the world’s blind population are older men and women who live in poorer nations, where access to basic vision treatment is scarce, is always a major theme. Getting timely attention to cataracts, glaucoma, and other chronic eye conditions to prevent blindness or sight impairment is the ultimate goal of World Sight Day.
On World Sight Day, media and medical or social action organisations hold various events and programs to promote public awareness to the problem of blindness in our world. There are also fundraising efforts and attempts to influence governments to take specific actions.
It is traditional to plant trees, take “awareness walks,” hand out literature, or contribute photographs to international photo-montages on this day. But annual events may vary.