Ask the Optician – What should I do for World Sight Day?

What should I do for World Sight Day
What should I do for World Sight Day

WORLD SIGHT DAY (WSD) is an annual day of awareness on the 12th of October to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment.

To support this important initiative, we’re answering your questions about impaired vision and offering advice on how everyone can take an active role in looking after their eye health.

How many people have impaired vision?

There are approximately 285 million people worldwide who live with impaired vision and blindness. Of these, 39 million people are blind and 246 million have moderate or severe visual impairment, yet 80% of visual impairment is avoidable through treatment and protective measures.

What are the leading causes of avoidable blindness?

  • Cataracts
  • Glaucoma
  • Age Related Macular Degeneration
  • Diabetic Retinopathy

How can I protect my sight?

Get your eyes tested regularly, eat a healthy diet, be aware of the symptoms of the most common conditions, and don’t delay in seeking professional help if you do notice any changes.The quicker any condition is identified the easier it is to treat.

There are Specsavers Opticas stores in Marbella and Fuengirola. If your eyes are sore or your vision is blurry, go to your nearest store for a comprehensive eye test By having your eyes tested at Specsavers Opticas, you can ensure your eyes are healthy and join the fundraising campaign for the ONCE Foundation for the Deaf-Blind by donating just 1€ after your test.


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