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Innovation for the Blind has ‘Hope in Sight’ on Sight Day

World Sight Day forms a crucial part of Eye Care Awareness Month, commemorated from 21 September to 18 October. Held annually on the second Thursday of October, World Sight Day aims to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment. This World Sight Day, taking place on 8 October, let’s find the solutions to ensure that everyone, everywhere has access to sight. Let’s pledge to spread the message of Hope in Sight!

According to the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness, approximately 285 million people worldwide live with low vision or blindness. 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. Hope is still in sight though, as there are numerous and easy things you can do to look after one of your greatest assets – prevention is better than cure after all!. Wear sunglasses: The right pair of shades will help protect your eyes from harmful UV rays.. Eat sunshine-coloured foods: Egg yolks and a wide range of orange or yellow vegetables, including carrots and squash, are good sources of zeaxanthin and lutein.. Quit smoking: Smoking reduces the blood flow to your eyes and increases your risk of getting cataracts, macular degeneration and damage to your optic nerve.. Know your history: Many eye diseases are hereditary. Talk to family members about their eye health history.. Observe the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, look away from your computer monitor and fix your gaze on an object that’s at least 6 m away from you. Blink 20 successive times to prevent eye dryness. Every 20 minutes get out of your seat and take 20 steps.

Around 75% of all cases of blindness are avoidable either through prevention or treatment – which is why it is important to get your eyes tested at least once per year. During Eye Care Awareness Month, several optometrists are offering free screening tests. Please contact the following optometrists to make an appointment for your free screening test: Bierman Janeke Optometrists (023 342 1828) or Van Wyk and Le Roux Optometrists (023 342 5827).

When you consider that over 80% of the information that you take in is through your eyes, the importance of their health cannot be overlooked. Luckily, by living in the Care Capital of South Africa, we are reminded daily to appreciate the gift of sight.

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