today is world sight day!
Our eyesight is extremely important to our overall health and well being. In fact, according to Brain Line, an organization dedicated to preventing, treating, and living with traumatic brain injuries, “Research estimates that eighty to eighty five percent of our perception, learning, cognition and activities are mediated through vision.” With vision being our dominant sense, it’s crucial to invest in everyone’s present and future. World Sight Day has been celebrated each year in order to draw a greater focus to blindness and vision impairment. This year, World Sight Day falls on Thursday October 13th, 2016. Learn why and how you and your practice should get involved.
Why You Should Get Involved
As an eyecare professional, you’ve dedicated your life to eye health. World Sight Day gives you the opportunity to band together with other like-minded professionals to get involved and raise money for the cause you’re passionate about. Not only will you be participating with other industry leaders, but you will also be able to network with charitable people of all kinds to fundraise and spread a message worth sharing. Together, you’ll be a part of an initiative to help people all over the world, including the 90% of blind people who live in low-income countries.
How You Can Get Involved
When you sign up for the World Sight Day, you have ample opportunity to fundraise and generate awareness for the cause. With about 285 million people worldwide living with low vision and blindness, it is imperative to get involved. With the World Sight Day Challenge, there are plenty of fun ways to fundraise, including baking, cycling, dancing, and more. Take a look at the World Sight Day Challenge video to see all of the exciting ways to get involved during the 10 year anniversary of this incredible event. And don’t worry if you haven’t gotten involved just yet, fundraising runs throughout September and October.
Our eyesight is a gift that everyone should be able to experience to the fullest. Though it’s impossible for everyone to have 20/20 sight, World Sight Day is a spectacular way to draw awareness to the cause and help lower the number of visually impaired adults and children all across the globe.