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World Sight Day: Eye care for all

Students and young participants at a walkathon to create awareness on eye care for all at Begaluru to mark World Sight Day
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Students and young participants at a walkathon to create awareness on eye care for all at Begaluru to mark World Sight Day

World Sight Day, 8th October, provides a global moment to draw attention for action to make eye care for all a reality. To mark the day CBM India along with several institutions and networks organised a series of public awareness events in Bengaluru, Karnataka.

Approximately 285 million people worldwide live with low vision and blindness. Ninety percent of blind people live in low-income countries. Eighty percent of visual impairment is avoidable - i.e. readily treatable and/or preventable.

The data is shocking and indicates the scale of the challenge blindness and eye impairments present as a public health issue. It is important to add that there are massive implications of this for prevalence of disabilities linked to vision.

CBM India has been working across the country with some of the most socially and economically marginalized people to provide access to eye care, treatment and prevention.

CBM India works on providing quality diagnostic and surgical equipments to hospitals and institutions for restorations of sight, and blindness prevention through cost-effective interventions. India shares the largest burden of preventable blindness in the world and the Indian government data shows that 75 percent cases of blindness in the country are preventable.

Our experience of working on the issue of blindness and vision impairments has shown us that the challenges go much deeper than the numbers capture. Loss of vision reduces mobility – creating barriers to accessing basic rights of education and employment – and creates a need for long-term care which most families and caregivers are not equipped to deal with.

There are number of social and gender determinants that impact the prevalence of blindness. For instance, women find it difficult to access eye care, corrective treatment or rehabilitation.

“The day provides an opportunity to raise public awareness and engage different stakeholders to act for the prevention of avoidable blindness,” Dr. Sara Varughese, National Director, CBM India.

“The fact is that 80 percent of blindness and vision impairments can be prevented or treated. Professionals in eye care, the government and the general public need to work together to ensure every person has access to eye care and change the odds in our country,” she added.
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Highlights of 2nd T20 World Cup for blind 2017 finals

The highlights of T20 World Cup for the blind finals held at Chinnaswamy Stadium Bengaluru, India


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