Approximately 285 million people worldwide live with low vision and blindness. The white awareness ribbon represents blindness. October is Blindness Awareness Month, which was established to help people understand the realities of living without sight. As part of Eye Care Awareness Month people are encouraged to have an annual eye exam. The month of October has also been declared Children's Vision Month to encourage parents to book annual eye exams for their children to ensure their eye health.
World Sight Day - A global event that focuses on bringing attention on blindness and vision impairment. It is observed on the second Thursday of October each year.
A term used to express normal visual acuity (the clarity or sharpness of vision) measured at a distance of 20 feet. If you have 20/20 vision, you can see clearly at 20 feet what should normally be seen at that distance. If you have 20/40 vision, it means that when you stand 20 feet away from the chart you can see what a normal human can see when standing 40 feet from the chart.
In North America and most of Europe, legal blindness is defined as visual acuity (vision) of 20/200 (6/60) or less in the better eye with best correction possible. This means that a legally blind individual would have to stand 20 feet (6 m) from an object to see it with the same degree of clarity as a normally sighted person could from 200 feet (60 m).
|Latest Visual Aid Products and Information Publications|
|1 : eSight Pledges to Make Blindness History by 2020 : Jeffrey Fenton - Director of Outreach and Communications - eSight.|
|2 : Genetic Treatment for Blindness May Soon Be Possible : American Academy of Ophthalmology.|
|3 : Student Creates First Synthetic Retina For Visually Impaired : University of Oxford.|
|4 : BrailleSense Polaris - Virtual Braille Tablet for the Blind : HIMS, Inc..|
|5 : GuideSense Device Helps Visually Impaired Sense Their Environment : VTT Technical Research Centre.|
|6 : Aira Visual Interpreter for the Blind and Visually Impaired : Disabled World.|
|7 : Smart Cane Concept Could Assist Blind and Visually Impaired : The University of Manchester.|
|8 : Wearable Artificial Vision Device May Help Legally Blind to Read : American Academy of Ophthalmology.|
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