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Published: 03.06.2022
Drew Keys IAPB Western Pacific Regional Manager
Looking at big eye

June 6 2022, marks the first celebration of China National Sight Day since the launch of the 2030 In Sight Global Strategy this past March. So, it’s appropriate that at IAPB we pose the question, why is China Sight Day so important?

One of the three core pillars of the 2030 In Sight strategy is ACTIVATE – driving patient, consumer and market change. The membership of IAPB aims to create a global movement to raise awareness of eye health. At a global level World Sight Day is integral to this as we encourage people, all over the world, to love their eyes. But we know in China there is an even more important day than World Sight – 6/6, the day of perfect vision.

As Professor Wang Ningli outlines in his piece for IAPB, this year also marks the 27th China National Sight Day – for almost three decades this has been a day that has raised awareness amongst the general public in China. Just like World Sight Day, China National Sight Day has undergone a shift of focus in recent years – and as Prof Wang points out is now more aimed at the promotion of good eye health rather than at the prevention of blindness. This year activities aim to advocate the concept that “everyone is the primary person responsible for their own eye health”.

 What a strong Love Your Eyes message! What a great example of ACTIVATE.

In China, like in most countries, the past few years have seen their fair share of challenges. At IAPB we recognise that carrying out 6/6 events may not be easy, but we wanted to do our bit to ensure that this important day is marked and understood. We will continue with a series of short posts from our colleagues right through until World Sight Day – last year, our China Group A member Shanghai Eye Disease Prevention and Treatment Centre was one of our single biggest contributors to the Love Your Eyes Global eye testing challenge with over three hundred thousand tests. We salute that achievement and thank everybody who is working so hard to raise awareness this China National Sight Day.

For SEDPTC China Sight Day Activities please see below