World Sight Day – 8 October – World Sight Day is held on the second Thursday of October each year and celebrated around the globe, the day aims to raise awareness of blindness and vision impairment, as well as ways to help people with these conditions.
In commemoration of this year’s World Sight Day, S A Guide-Dogs staff participated in a fun exercise under blindfold to make them aware of the importance of their sight and how to rely on one’s sense of touch and hearing instead.
Participants were given a number between one and four. Each number had a corresponding animal (cow, duck, cat and pig). Participants with the number one then had to “quack” in order to find the other ducks, etc. While it was a very entertaining sight for those not under blindfold, the exercise most definitely highlighted the ways in which we take this sense for granted.
The theme for this year’s World Sight Day is “Eye care for all”. You can celebrate World Sight Day by doing one or all of the following:
- Make an appointment for a comprehensive dilated eye exam.
- Encourage family members to have their eyes examined.
- Use social media. Inform your friends about World Sight Day on Facebook, Twitter and other sites. Use the hashtag #EyeCareForAll.