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Be a Part of World Sight Day - 2015

Tomorrow sees a global initiative that kicks off to raise awareness on blindness & vision impairment as well as educate people on blindness prevention and of course, generate support for the charities that started the initiative. Traditionally the second Thursday of October each year is dedicated to World Sight Day, and this year is no different. 

EyeQ partners Luxottica, are teaming up with the charity OneSight Foundation again to help raise awareness of World Sight Day - 2015, and as always continue providing free eye exams and glasses to people in need around the world.

What is World Sight Day?

In a bid to focus global attention on vision impairment and blindness, we are asking our followers to join us and spread the word. Millions of people around the world suffer from low quality vision or outright blindness. A massive amount of these people live in low income countries and have no access to private health care, or don’t have the resources to get an eye test, or order a pair of glasses. Obviously the effects of this can be dramatic as we all need our eyes to work and make money. Unfortunately, 80% of these people's vision impairment could be treated or even prevented entirely, but without the resources they will never have the chance. Something as simple as a pair of glasses can fundamentally change a person's life.

That's where OneSight and World Sight Day comes in. Not only are they trying to raise awareness of blindness & vision impairment as a major international public health issue, they are trying to influence ministers of health in governments around the world so that they will allocate more funds towards the cause. A very noble quest if you ask me…

If we can educate larger audiences on the subjects of the visually impaired and what can be done to help them, we can effectively generate larger support for World Sight Day and the charities that work tirelessly to better the lives of those less fortunate.

How Can You Help?

Tomorrow (08 October 2015) is World Sight Day, and we’d like for you to be a part of the world movement to create awareness on the vision care crisis. To do this, we are asking all of you to share pictures tomorrow of yourselves on your favourite social media channels, using your hands to create a pair of spectacles. When you post your picture - use the hashtag #HelpTheWorldSee, and tag the charity OneSight in your post - Twitter: @OneSightOrg, Instagram and Facebook: @OneSight.

Don't forget, this is not just a South African thing, this is a global initiative that will take place all over our beautiful planet, let us make South Africa's voice heard loud and clear - "Eye care for all."

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