Every year in October, the second Thursday is dedicated to something very important—your eye health. This October 14th is World Sight Day, a day that brings awareness to blindness and vision impairment.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), at least 2.2 billion people in the world have a near or distance vision impairment. About half of those eye conditions are preventable and a lot have not yet been addressed. As with all things health related, early detection with routine eye exams is of the utmost importance so that any vision issues can be addressed as soon as possible.
Unfortunately, most people either don’t understand the significance of or don’t have the means to visit an eye doctor on a regular basis. A study done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed an estimated 93 million adults in the United States are at high risk for serious vision loss, but only half visited an eye doctor in the past 12 months.
Do yourself a favor and make your vision a priority not just on World Sight Day, but every day!
A graduate of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University, Amanda works hard at balancing her passion for writing and marketing. She is a Pittsburgh native that just recently moved to Columbus and enjoys doing just about anything outdoors from going on hikes to taking her dog for walks around the city.