Could you imagine a life without vision? Just for a moment shut your eyes, all that you will be able to see is a dark black colour. Unfortunately, there are people on this planet who can’t see their loved ones and the beautiful surroundings near them. As per the report of the World Health Organization (WHO), there are 36 million blind people in this world, out of which 10 million are from India. In order to increase the awareness towards blind people, the Government of India has planned the campaign for Prevention of Blindness Week, 2019 in the first week of April. Contact Lens Can Cause Blindness! 8 Hygiene Tips To Keep Your Contacts Clean.
India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and Raj Kumari Amrit Kaur were the people to first start Prevention of Blindness Week in India in the year 1960 under the Societies Registration Act of 1860. Varieties of events are organized by the Government and non-Government institution.
What all events will be carried out from April 1- April 7?
1. Government take the initiative to conduct free eye check-up and provide eye spectacles to the one who cannot afford it.
2. Seminars are organised to impart knowledge of eye care, eye ailments and preventive measures of the congenital eye diseases.
3. NGOs take up the responsibility to put up posters at public places related to eye health and also distribute leaflets at the educational institution.
4. Awareness drive is conducted at many public places to educate people to take proper precautionary measures for their eyes.
5. People are encouraged to furnish a will stating to donate their cornea to the needy after their demise.
Unfortunately, many children in India are turning blind due to nutritional deficiencies and every year the numbers are increasing. Out of 10,000 people born in India, seven of them have eye-related problems. According to a glaring statistic, India has the highest number of people suffering from blindness, which is majorly due to deficiency of vitamin and another nutritional requirement combined with the high prevalence of cataract. Indian Government has launched another campaign of ‘Vision 2020: The Right to Sight’ with WHO to prevent blindness.