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    Today is World Sight Day

    October 09, 2014

    World Sight Day (WSD) is an annual day of awareness held on the second Thursday of October, to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment.  This year's World Sight Day falls today, October 09.

     

    Sri Lanka's Health Ministry's Vision 2020 Secretariat has organized an awareness walk under the patronage of Minister Maithripala Sirisena.  The awareness walk will commence Thursday morning near the Vihara Maha Devi Park.  

     

    To mark the World Sight Day a Seminar too  will be held at the Health Education Bureau today at 10am.

     

    Sri Lanka has a population of 20 million and of these, around 150,000 people are believed to be blind. Another 400,000 are having low vision.  Majority of them are blind of cataract. Refractive errors, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and blindness in children are the other causes of vision impairment.   Sri Lanka’s population is rapidly aging and as such it has been observed age related eye diseases like cataract, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy are on the rise.

     

    Without effective, major intervention, the number of blind people worldwide has been projected to increase to 76 million by 2020.

     

    Accordingly the Sri Lanka's  Health Ministry's Vision 2020 Secretariat has organized this  walk to raise public awareness of blindness & vision impairment and to educate target audiences about blindness prevention,  about VISION 2020 and to generate support for VISION 2020 programme activities.(KH)

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