BY GEORGINA KEKEA
AROUND 90 percent of blindness and vision impairment is preventable or treatable if it’s detected early enough.
Today as the world marks World Sight Day, more emphasis is placed on looking after the eyes.
A statement from ‘World Sight Day’ website says, good vision is one of those thing which people too often take for granted.
“Approximately 90 percent of vision loss and blindness is preventable or treatable if identified early, so it’s important for people to get regular eye tests – especially if over 40.”
The risk of developing an eye condition increases as people enter their forties. People who smoke, have diabetes, have a family history of eye disease are also at increased risk of eye disease.
In Honiara, activities to mark the World Sight Day will take place at the car park of the National Referral Hospital.
The theme for this year’s World Sight Day is ‘Eye Care Everywhere’.
The statement from World sight day website says, in many parts of the world, people experience significant levels of vision loss and blindness which could have been prevented.
“So we must do more to combat treatable conditions like cataracts and diabetic eye disease.”