WSD09 – Gender and Eye Health
World Sight Day (WSD) is an international day of awareness, held annually on the second Thursday of October to focus attention on the global issue of avoidable blindness and visual impairment.
The theme of World Sight Day 2009 (WSD09) is ‘Gender and Eye Health – equal access to care’
Global Key Messages for WSD09
- Nearly two-thirds of blind people worldwide are women & girls
- In many places, men have twice the access to eye care as women
- Equal access to eye care could substantially reduce blindness in poor countries*
- Simple and effective strategies can and do successfully address this inequity inVISION 2020 programmes
- 80% of blindness is avoidable – either treatable, curable or preventable
- 90% of blind people live in low-income countries
- Cataract is the leading cause of blindness – yet it is curable by a simple, cost-effective operation
- 8 million people worldwide are blind due to uncorrected refractive errors. A simple sight test and glasses could restore sight to most of these people
On 8th October, plant a tree to commemorate WSD09! OR Send us a photograph of 2 people of different genders – one of whom is blindfolded. We hope to create an international photo montage!
* “… blindness and severe visual impairment from cataract could be reduced by around 11% in low- and middle-income countries if women were to receive cataract surgery at the same rate as men (British Journal of Ophthalmology, Dec 2008; doi:10.1136/bjo. 2008.140301).”