World Sight Day - 12 October. (The second Thursday of October)

Every year, the second Thursday of October marks a crucial occasion on the global calendar, World Sight Day. This day is dedicated to raising awareness about vision impairment and blindness. This year it falls on 12th October. This World Sight Day, our focus is on helping people understand the importance of protecting their vision in the workplace and calling on business leaders to priorities the eye health of workers, everywhere.

The Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD) under Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India is the nodal department to look after all the development agenda of Persons with Disabilities of the country. With the vision to create awareness about Visual impairment among the masses, the Department is observing the World Sight Day on 12th October 2023, through the institutions associated with it by conducting various events across the country.

World Sight Day Theme 2023

The theme for World Sight Day 2023, ‘Love Your Eyes at Work,’ resonates deeply in our fast-paced, digital age where we increasingly strain our eyes through prolonged screen time and demanding work schedules. It emphasizes the importance of caring for our eyes while navigating the challenges of the modern workplace.

History of World Sight Day

The roots of World Sight Day trace back to October 8, 1984, when the Lions Club Foundation initiated this awareness day. Over time, it evolved into a collaborative effort led by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IABP), encompassing NGOs, eye care groups and hospitals globally. This united front aimed to spread awareness about the significance of eye care and the prevention of blindness.

Significance of World Sight Day 2023

World Sight Day holds immense significance in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It contributes significantly to goals related to education, employment, quality of life, and poverty reduction. The day serves as a reminder of the critical role vision plays in the overall well-being of individuals and communities. Various organisations actively participate, advocating for improved accessibility to eye care services worldwide.

Source: www.who.int


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