In celebration of the 23rdChina 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.
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.
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
“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.”
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.
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.