Vison First! is the call to action for World Sight Day (WSD) 2019 on October 10th. WSD raises public awareness of blindness and vision impairment and brings global attention to eye disease risks, prevention and treatment. Originally initiated by the SightFirstCampaign of Lions Club International Foundation in 2000, it is now observed annually on the second Thursday every October.
IDF is urging all stakeholders, including people with diabetes and their families, to call for action from governments, medical associations, service providers, and diabetes advocacy organizations to address the growing prevalence of diabetes-related eye disease world-wide. Effective diabetes management, regular screening and timely treatment are crucial to preserving vision.
About one in three people with diabetes develops some form of eye health complication and nearly all blindness and vision impairment from diabetes-related eye disease are preventable. Unfortunately, diabetes-related eye health is frequently absent from mainstream primary diabetes care. As a result, important services fall to eye health specialists. Financial and geographical barriers to accessing eye health services block many people with diabetes from receiving sight-saving services. When eye disease is left untreated it has a far-reaching impact on livelihoods, and financial stability for generations.