World Sight Day is the most important advocacy and communications day in the eye health calendar. In honor of World Sight Day, IEF, a founding member of VISION2020/USA, is again co-sponsoring a Congressional briefing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on October 17th to raise awareness and advocate for more resources for eye health from our Congressional leaders.
World Sight Day is a global advocacy campaign led by the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness to mobilize stakeholders, governments, and the public to focus on the importance of eye health in letting children do well in school, allowing people to keep their jobs, and preventing illnesses including depression and injuries resulting from sight loss. Advocacy has resulted in basic eye health indicators being included in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, Congressional funding for USAID’s Child Blindness Program and for the National Eye Institute’s research priorities to save the sight of Americans at risk of blindness. Don’t take your sight for granted. Get an annual eye exam and seek early treatment if you have an eye problem.
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