Today is World Sight Day, held on the second Thursday of October since 1999. World Sight Day is included on the official World Health Organization calendar and coordinated by the International Agency for Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) under the VISION 2020 Global Initiative, which ORBIS helped to launch.
This year's theme is the ageing eye and vision impairment in older people. An estimated 80% of the world’s 45 million blind people are over the age of 50. Elderly individuals are the most reluctant to travel to hospitals and agree to examinations and surgeries resulting in delayed medical care, yet timely intervention can delay or reverse the effects of age-related blinding conditions. To learn more about this year’s World Sight Day theme visit www.v2020.org