World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness held on the second Thursday of October, to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment. This year, World Sight Day takes place today, October 8, 2020 with the theme: Hope In Sight.

1 billion people around the world have a preventable vision impairment or one that has yet to be addressed.

Dr. Barr:  Preventable is the most important word in this article.  This troubles me greatly and we welcome you to call and schedule your eye exam today (with all Covid-19 protocols in place) to avoid a condition that could be avoided.

Reduced or absent eyesight can have major and long-lasting effects on all aspects of life, including daily personal activities, interacting with the community, school and work opportunities and the ability to access public services.

Reduced eyesight can be caused by several factors, including diseases like diabetes and trachoma, trauma to the eyes, or conditions such as refractive error, cataracts, age-related macular degeneration or glaucoma.

The majority of people with vision impairment are over the age of 50 years; however, vision loss can affect people of all ages.