Approximately 285 million people worldwide live with low vision and blindness. The white awareness ribbon represents blindness.
October is Blindness Awareness Month - World Blindness Awareness Month was established for every October 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. 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.
Eye disorders which can lead to visual impairments can include retinal degeneration, albinism, cataracts, glaucoma, muscular problems that result in visual disturbances, corneal disorders, diabetic retinopathy, congenital disorders, and infection." Visual impairment can also be caused by brain and nerve disorders, in which case it is usually termed cortical visual impairment (CVI).
Key Vision Facts from WHO
Facts About Blindness
|Latest Vision Disability Publications|
|1 - People Who Experience Dry Eye Soon to Have Drug-Free Solution - American Academy of Ophthalmology.|
|2 - Do Blind People Express Emotions the Same Way as Sighted People - Universite de Geneve.|
|3 - Visually-Impaired Children Experience Egg Hunt with Eggs That Beep - Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).|
|4 - US Prevalence of Blindness and Visual Impairment Expected to Increase - The JAMA Network Journals.|
|5 - Clearly Campaign - Helping the World to See - Clearly.|
|6 - Treating Vision Loss with Stem Cells - Thomas C. Weiss.|
|7 - Heterochromia: Types, Causes & Information - Thomas C. Weiss.|
|8 - How to Recognize Symptoms of Eye Parasites - Thomas C. Weiss.|
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