World Sight Day 2022: World Sight Day is being observed on October 13, 2022, with the theme ‘Love Your Eyes’ for this year’s celebrations. World Sight Day, observed on October 13th, is an opportunity to raise awareness about retinal diseases and demonstrate the community’s commitment to supporting the millions of people living with preventable vision loss across the country.
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It is a global event designed to raise awareness about the issue of blindness and vision impairment.
This day is observed to raise public awareness about eye health and to recognise the efforts of thousands of ophthalmologists around the world to solve the problem of vision impairment.
Today is #WorldSightDay.#DYK More than 2 billion people have near or distance vision impairment.
In at least 1 billion – or almost half – of these cases, vision impairment could have been prevented
There are simple ways to take care of your eyes.🧵 pic.twitter.com/RobbrePbC4
— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) October 12, 2022
World Sight Day is also referred to as “World Eye Day” or “World Vision Day.” This day is observed around the world to draw attention to and encourage everyone to consider the importance of their eye health so that people can take steps to improve their eye health and prevent vision loss.
Our eyesight drives our perception, so vision is our most important sense. However, few folks understand that the eyes are among the first sense organs to become ill and damaged as we age, live unhealthy lifestyles, smoke, and have hereditary genetic traits.
6 Tips For Maintaining Good Eyesight on World Sight Day 2022:
1. Eat Well:
Good eye health begins with what you eat. Omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zinc, and vitamins C and E may help prevent age-related vision problems such as macular degeneration and cataracts.
2. Maintain your blood sugar levels:
Diabetes is responsible for 90% of all blindness. Ask your healthcare team to assist you in setting and meeting blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol goals, also known as the ABCs of diabetes.
3. Give your eyes a rest:
If you devote a lot of time to the computer or concentrate on one thing, you may forget to blink and your eyes may become tired. Consider the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, look away for 20 seconds about 20 feet in front of you.
4. Quit Smoking:
Cigarette smoking is as harmful to your eyes as it is to the rest of your body. Smoking has been linked to an increased risk of developing age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, and optic nerve damage, all of which can lead to blindness, according to research.
5. Wear Sunglasses:
The right sunglasses will shield your eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. Excessive UV exposure increases your risk of cataracts and macular degeneration.
Select a pair that filters out 99% to 100% of UVA and UVB rays.
Patients should have an eye screening, including a retina examination, especially if they are diabetic, and then annually even if they do not have any visual problems because it may be too late by the time they begin to lose vision.