Ophthalmology Department, KGMU organizes an event to raise awareness of vision impairment

Approximately 285 million people worldwide live with low vision and blindness. Of these, 39 million people are blind and 246 million have moderate or severe visual impairment. 90% of blind people live in low-income countries.

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Published on 14 Oct 2021 11:30 AM GMT

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Lucknow: Approximately 285 million people worldwide live with low vision and blindness. Of these, 39 million people are blind and 246 million have moderate or severe visual impairment. 90% of blind people live in low-income countries. Yet 80% of visual impairment is avoidable – that is, readily treatable and/or preventable.

World Sight Day 2021:

Restorations of sight, and blindness prevention strategies are among the most cost-effective interventions in health care. World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness held on the second Thursday of October, to focus global attention on vision impairment, including blindness. This day is dedicated towards informing and creating awareness among people. World Health Organisation is actively involved in this initiative and coordinates various activities and events on this day.


Nearly everyone on the planet will experience an eye health issue in their lifetime and more than a billion people worldwide do not have access to eye care services. To address the bigger picture at the country and global level, we need to be aware of our own eye health, and so the theme for World Sight Day 2021 is all about 'Love Your Eyes'.

Globally, at least 1 billion people have near or distance vision impairment that could be prevented or has yet to be addressed. Vision impairment and blindness 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. The department of Ophthalmology, KGMU, Lucknow, organised an event held at the Ophthalmology OPD, under the headship of Prof.


Apjit Kaur, to raise public awareness of blindness & vision impairment as major public health issues to commemorate the same. The department aims to educate the general public about blindness prevention. The objective is to not only increase eye care coverage in the future but also to deliver quality services. The programme aims to spread awareness about eye health and encourage people to go for a preventive eye check up.

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