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Awareness march marks World Sight Day observance

October 14 2013 9:19 AM

Addressing the march, Dr Rameez N Hussain, head of the community eye health services at Giridhar Eye Institute, said the campaign aims to draw public attention to the causes of avoidable blindness and vision impairment and  means of eradicating them. Avoidable vision impairments accounts to 80 per cent of eye sight problems and blindness in the world.

Many irreversible vision impairments like Glaucoma could be prevented if people opt for eye tests. Development of diabetic retinopathy in diabetic patients could be brought down by at least 60 per cent should they volunteer for an eye test every year, Dr Rameez said.

At Vytilla Mobility Hub, K N Raji, special officer, Vytilla Mobility Hub Society, addressed the campaign. The volunteers blindfolded public gathered at Mobility Hub to experience blindness. Public responses were also collected. An eye donation drive was carried out as part of which pamphlets on need of eye testing and eye donation were distributed.

A World Sight Day Bus toured the city distributing pamphlets and badges at all major junctions. Across the world, the campaign was held this year on the slogan ‘Get your eye tested’.

Courtesy: The New Indian Express