Open your eyes to World Sight Day

27 September 2013 in Health and Events
To mark World Sight Day On Thursday 10 October, the council will be holding an event focussing on raising awareness of visual impairment, the support available to the people it affects and the rehabilitation of visually impaired people.

Residents will be given the opportunity to see an optician, pick up some information on preventing sight loss and have their questions and answered.

They can also take part in a range of activities and watch some demonstrations which will help train their eyes and prevent their sight deteriorating over time.

World Sight Day is an international day aimed at raising awareness and highlighting blindness and visual impairment as a global, public health issue.

Councillor Neil Wilson – Executive Member for Equalities and Social Inclusion, said: "The population of visually impaired people in Newham is expected to increase from 1,710 to 4,910 by 2020.

“However almost 80% of visual impairment is avoidable meaning it is readily treatable and/or preventable. We want to do all we can to ensure that our residents are aware of the steps they can take to prevent sight loss.

“This event offers residents vital information and support.”

Newham’s World Sight Day Event takes place on Thursday 10 October from 11.30am – 3.30pm at IEDA, Community Resource Centre, 200 Chargeable Lane, Plaistow, E13 8DW.