World Sight Day 2021: Around 1 billion people of all age groups around the world suffer from severe vision impairment, either near vision or farsightedness or blindness. India alone has more than 20 percent of the world's blind population. World Sight Day, celebrated every year on the second Thursday in October, is an international event that spreads awareness about blindness and visual impairment. This year it is being celebrated on this day i.e. 14 October. What is its theme this year and we will also look at its history and importance.
this year The theme of this year's World Sight Day is "Love your eyes". This theme emphasizes on the need to spread awareness about our eye health and take care of our eyesight. For this purpose, we should get our eyes tested and encourage those we know to do the same.
World Sight Day began in the year 2000 as an initiative by the Lions Club International organization's SiteFirst campaign. The initiative is part of The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) Vision 2020: The Right to Sight (V2020) scheme. It was launched on 18 February 1999 in Geneva by both the IAPB and the World Health Organization (WHO).
World Sight Day was first celebrated in the year 2000. The theme of its sixth event in 2005 was 'Right to Sight'. Since then, it is celebrated every year with a theme to focus on eye health and vision problems in children and vision loss in the elderly. Last year the theme of World Sight Day was "Hope in Sight".