Today, Thursday 8 October, is World Sight Day.
The World Health Organisation estimates that at least 2.2 billion people have a vision impairment or blindness. Of these, at least 1 billion have a vision impairment that could have been prevented or has yet to be addressed.
Two million people in the UK are living with sight loss that is severe enough to have a significant impact on their daily lives. Every day 250 people start to lose their sight in the UK, and one in five people will live with sight loss in their lifetime. Currently in Wales there are an estimated 121,000 people living with sight loss, a figure that is set to double by 2050.
Scary isn’t it? Sight is held to be the nation’s most precious sense by far. An RNIB report published in 2017 found that 78 per cent of people said that sight was the sense they feared losing the most. On the flip side, half of sight loss is avoidable if it’s caught and treated early enough. Don’t be part of the statistics – get your eyes tested today! #HopeInSight