- Global Partners for World Sight Day 2022 have been announced as AbbVie, Bayer, CBM, Novartis, Horizon Therapeutics, National Vision, OneSight EssilorLuxottica Foundation, Seva Foundation and Sightsavers.
- The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) confirmed earlier in the year that it will continue the theme of #LoveYourEyes for World Sight Day 2022 to build on the success of last year’s campaign, which saw over 3.5 million pledges to prioritise eye health.
- The Love Your Eyes campaign encourages individuals to take care of their own eye health and draws attention to over a billion people worldwide who have vision loss and do not have access to eye care services.
- This year IAPB is asking members and people across the sector to carry out sight screenings in national parliaments, assemblies, presidential and royal palaces to highlight the importance of eye health with politicians and decision makers.
Last week IAPB announced further details about this year’s World Sight Day being held on 13th October. A focus of this year’s #LoveYourEyes campaign will be to have sight screenings in parliaments and homes of other decision-making bodies around the world. Screenings are already being planned around the world including at the United Nations in New York, the UK Parliament in London, the Nepal parliament in Kathmandu, and the Australian Parliament in Canberra.
Joining this year’s campaign as Global Partners are a number of corporate and charity partners including AbbVie, Bayer, CBM, Novartis, Horizon Therapeutics, National Vision, OneSight EssilorLuxottica Foundation, Seva Foundation, and Sightsavers. These Global Partners will be supporting activations around the world as well as their own activities on World Sight Day.
The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB), the overarching alliance for the eye care sector that leads activities around World Sight Day has launched several tools for those wanting to get involved in this year’s campaign and is also asking individuals, eye care professionals, hospitals, NGOs and businesses around the world to help reach 5million sight tests pledges for World Sight Day 2022.
Commenting on the announcement, Peter Holland, CEO of IAPB said “We are proud to be partnering with such world leading eye health organisations and charities for this year’s World Sight Day. We’re excited to see so many people around the world getting involved in this year’s Love Your Eyes campaign and help us bring the issue of eye care to a global stage. It’s so important that people around the world understand the importance of eye health. Everyone can get involved – just head to IAPB.org/WSD2022 to find out more.”