There are almost two million people in the UK living with sight loss, even though over 50% of all sight loss can be avoided. World Sight Day is an annual event held all around the world, which strives to draw awareness to blindness and visual impairment, as well as the prevision of eye health care. World Sight Day aims to bring quality eye care for all and to ensure eye care is not limited by gender, geographic location or by financial status.

This years’ World Sight Day is on 8th October. You can take part in World Sight Day to help fight against poor eye care and the dangerously increasing number of blindness within the UK.
To take part in creating awareness, the IAPB (International Agency for the Prevention of Blindeness) challenges you to a photography competition with the theme ‘Eyecare For All’, to enter, send in your images to IAPB on Twitter or Facebook with the hashtag #EyecareForAll by 8th October.

Other activities that take place on this day include special fundraising walks to help cover the costs of operations, book readings for the blind and a number of booklets and posters that are created in order to raise awareness of the issue. To find out about more ways you can get involved click here .

So how can you look after your eyesight and prevent visual impairment?

– Have regular eye tests – every 2-3 years for healthy patients under 50 and yearly for patients over 50 or those with known eye problems.
– Be aware of your family history for any sight problems.
– Lead a healthy lifestyle and include fish, eggs, spinach and carrots in your diet.
– Always wear durable eye protection during activities which could cause risk to your vision.

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How will you be getting involved? We’d love to hear from you if you are, let us know in the comments below.