Moorfields is proud to celebrate World Sight Day today (Thursday 11 October) and help raise awareness of blindness and sight loss across the world.
World Sight Day is an annual event that focuses on raising awareness about blindness and sight loss. The rolling theme for World Sight Day is ‘Universal eye health’ and this year’s call to action is ‘Eye care everywhere’.
To mark the day, staff from a range of departments across Moorfields and a number of eye health charities, including Friends of Moorfields, the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), and the Macular Society, will be staffing stands at clinics two and three at our City Road hospital / site. They will be there to offer advice about different support services that are available for those affected by sight loss.
The importance of raising awareness and sight loss
In 2017, data was presented in the Lancet Global Health which showed that avoidable blindness is projected to increase despite significant progress being made in improving treatments in the last couple of decades. The research was undertaken by The Vision Loss Expert Group, an international consortium of ophthalmologists and optometrists that included experts from Moorfields.
The huge data sets have been brought together in the Vision Atlas which shows the prevalence of sight loss around the world using maps and images. According to the data, nearly two million people are affected by sight loss in the UK.
Key facts on sight loss worldwide
- There are 253 million people who are blind or vision impaired across the world.
- More than three out of four vision impairments worldwide are avoidable.
- More than a billion people worldwide do not have access to glasses.
Information on organisations attending:
Friends of Moorfields
The Friends of Moorfields is charity that supports the patients and staff at Moorfields Eye Hospital. Friends of Moorfields continues to offer a wide range of services – including the purchase of clinical equipment and managing a team of volunteers.
International Glaucoma Association
The International Glaucoma Association (IGA) provides help to individuals affected by sight loss from glaucoma. Along with updating and informing glaucoma patients with relevant information, the IGA funds research towards the detection, management and treatment of glaucoma.
The Macular Society is the national charity for anyone affected by central vision loss. The charity provides free support and information to those facing macular disease. The Society also funds research into macular disease and for finding better treatment for patients affected by this disease.
Keratoconus support group
Keratoconus is an eye condition in which the normally round dome-shaped clear window of the eye (cornea) progressively thins causing a cone-shaped bulge to develop. As a result of the change in shape, scarring causes loss of transparency of the cornea and therefore impairs the ability of the eye to focus properly.
RP Fighting Blindness
RP Fighting blindness raises funds for medical and scientific research in retinitis pigmentosa which is a group of inherited conditions of the retina that all leads to a gradual progressive reduction in vision. RP Fighting Blindness also provide key information and support services to people with RP.
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