Globally 223.4 million people are blind or vision impaired. In addition, 517 million people globally are vision impaired from Presbyopia, which is correctable with a pair of glasses. Around 80 percent of all blindness and vision impairment globally is avoidable or treatable. As eighteen of Australia’s closest neighbours are developing countries, and with 90 per cent of people with vision impairment living in developing countries, the challenge is large and is very close to home.
National Sight Day is just another important reminder why we all need to take care of our eyes including protection from solar UV radiation. Wearing a close fitting wrap around pair of sunnies is one of the 5 national SunSmart messages for adults and children. You can read for about sunglasses and eye protection here. Visit Cancer Council online shop.