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In celebration of the 23rd China National Sight Day, we asked our members and friends in China to tell us what the day means to their organisations and to share with us a little about their June 6 activities.
Zhongshan Ophthalmic Centre – Dr Baixiang Xiao
The theme of China National Sight Day 2018 would still be on children’s eye care. This biggest festival day for eye care offers great opportunity to bring tremendous attention from public, professionals and health authorities on improvement of recognition of eye care needs and quality of life. Zhongshan Ophthalmic Centre, Sun Yat-sen University, as the leading ophthalmology institute in the country, has planned for and will be acting on a series service delivery, health education and advocacy activities. Medical teams for screening, health promotion and patients referring of refraction errors, cataract and glaucoma on children have been administrated in several communities in Guangzhou. Further free eye detection for children in the blind school in Guangzhou have also been granted by related authorities and accepted by parents.
中山眼科中心 – 肖白香医生
It’s been three years in a row the theme of CNSD is related to child eye health, and the goals are around myopia control. Brien Holden Vision Institute is happy to see that the topic of child eye health has been taken seriously and as priority among different departments in China. It coincides with the purpose of “Our Children’s Vision” campaign, which is to upscale, accelerate and expand access to eye health services to more children, in more locations.
Evidence suggests that environmental influences play a significant role in myopia development. Making simple lifestyle changes, such as encouraging our children to play outdoors, can make a difference and slow myopia progression. Brien Holden Vision Institute is dedicated to educating children, families and communities about healthy lifestyle choices that will prevent or slow down the development and progression of vision conditions. Via our broad network of partners, we are committed to ensuring access to comprehensive eye health services for everyone, everywhere. -Brien Holden Vision Institute, China: April Zhou
连续三年全国爱眼日的主题都与儿童眼睛健康有关，以近视控制为目标。华柏恩视觉研究中心（Brien Holden Vision Institute）很高兴看到儿童眼健康这个话题受到了中国多个政府部门的重视。这与“我们孩子的视觉”运动的目标是一致的，就是致力于为更多地区的更多儿童提供获得更优质、高效和全面的眼睛保健服务的机会。
有证据表明，环境的影响在近视发展中起着重要作用。通过简单地改变生活方式，例如鼓励孩子多到户外玩耍，就可以预防和控制近视发展。 Brien Holden Vision Institute致力于向儿童，家庭和社区推广健康的生活方式，从而预防或减缓视力问题的发生和发展。通过与各界的紧密合作，我们一直在为确保让所有人都能享受全面的眼健康服务儿努力。
—— 周子圆，华柏恩视觉研究中心(Brien Holden Vision Institute)，中国。
“With the biggest population suffering from Refractive Error in the world, The Fred Hollows Foundation China Programme is working closely with government partners, medical facilities and professionals, communities and schools to raise awareness and promote timely and quality treatment to reduce the blindness and vision impairment caused by uncorrected refractive error during 2018 China National Eye Care Day.”
“在世界上屈光不正人数最多的人群中，弗雷德.霍洛基金会（Fred Hollows Foundation）的中国项目组通过与政府，医疗机构和专业人士，社区和学校的密切合作，来提高社会对这一问题的认知，并促进及时和优质的治疗，以减少因未矫正的屈光不正导致的失明和视力障碍。这就是2018年中国全国爱眼日我们在做的事情。“
On the occasion of China National Sight Day 2018, it is my pleasure to inform that the eye department in Ganze Prefectural People’s Hospital in Sichuan Province has plans to integrate primary eye care at 325 shang level government clinics in an effort to provide universal eye health coverage. The dedication of the eye care team at Ganze on conducting extensive outreach surgical camps over a decade has resulted on significant reduction in the prevalence of blindness due to cataract and marked increase in the cataract surgical coverage in the remote rural areas of the prefecture based on the initial results of the rapid assessment of avoidable blindness conducted recently.
HE Eye Hospital – Helen Yan
何氏眼科医院 – 闫春虹主任（Helen Yan）
June 6th, 2018 is the 23rd National Sight Day in China, which is originally set for the appeal of protecting our sight and preventing eye diseases. The theme of the National Sight Day this year is “To prevent and control myopia scientifically, and to care about the eye health of children”.
Therefore, on the 23rd National Sight Day, He Eye Hospital, as the National Training Base for Prevention of Blindness and Liaoning Provincial Base for Youth Myopia Prevention and Control, plans to implement a series of activities, for example, an elaborate Vision Carnival will be organised during that time. The potential audience are children and teenagers. At carnival, they can attend lectures, outdoor activities, art exhibitions and charity bazaar, through that to raise their awareness of the importance of eye health issues and to gain extensive attention of the patients with eye diseases in rural and poor areas.