We have some staggering figures to share. Get ready! There are approximately 300 million people in the world that live with either low vision or blindness. There are almost 40 million people in the world who are blind, and almost 250 million people who have moderate or severe visual impairment. Of all the people in the world living with blindness, 90% of them live in low income countries. On our planet, one billion people cannot see well, simply because they don’t have access to glasses and other eye care services. Health care interventions that work to restore sight and work to prevent blindness are among the most cost-effective out there, and 80% of visual impairment can be avoided in the sense that it can either be readily treated or prevented with the appropriate measures.
On Thursday October 14th we celebrate World Sight Day to bring these issues to light and help close the gap between access to care and the best eyesight possible, for everyone everywhere. We aren’t just celebrating on the 14th, we are celebrating all month long! Throughout October, $4 from every eye exam will be donated to the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) in support of their Love Your Eyes campaign. For more information on the Love Your Eyes campaign, please click HERE.
What can you do to #LoveYourEyes? We encourage you to schedule a visit with your doctor of optometry to ensure that your eye health is in the best place it can be. We offer comprehensive health care for your eyes. When you come in for your eye exam, the refraction – or testing for the glasses prescription – is only part of the process. Our eye exams, alongside the refraction, also include Opto-Map imaging for an extensive look at the health of the inside of your eye. We can also link a contact lens fitting assessment to your exam to open as many options for your best vision as possible. Other services in our office include our new Dry Eye Clinic, Vision Therapy, retinal scans and visual fields. After your visit with your doctor of optometry, come and see one of our Opticians in our optical boutique to select your perfect pairs to help you look and see your best! Help us celebrate World Sight Day and #LoveYourEyes by clicking here to book your exam or a glasses-shopping appointment. We can’t wait to see you!