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Free eye examinations still available for first-timers

IAPB Italy, the Italian Society of Ophtalmology and “Insieme per la Vista” Foundation make eye examinations available for free to promote prevention

If you have not already done so, arrange an eye examination as soon as possible because you are still entitled to it. You can make a free appointment at one of the many specialists participating in the campaign that was launched on the occasion of World Sight Day, on 11th October, 2018 (click here to the website in Italian).

In fact, this autumn - thanks to the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness-IAPB Italy, the Italian Society of Ophthalmology (SOI) and “Insieme per la Vista” Foundation - the prevention campaign continues for those who have never been to an ophthalmologist.

The President of SOI, Dr. Matteo Piovella, has explained :

This project [1] aims to save sight, an asset that many start to appreciate only when they are losing it ... Regardless of anyone’s condition, by 2050 the number of blind or partially sighted people will increase threefold. Our country is struggling... What we are talking about [2] is a constitutional right ... The first collective responsibility is to give correct information. Prevention and treatment, in ophthalmology, are the same thing. We must change our mentality: we must make mothers understand that a child should always be taken to have an eye examination.
From an early age, people are entitled to receive a periodic full eye examination (including dilation of the pupil to check the fundus of the eye). Take action by booking a free examination now! It’s important.

From an early age, people are entitled to receive a periodic full eye examination (including dilation of the pupil to check the fundus of the eye). Take action by booking a free examination now! It’s important.

Useful link: International World Sight Day Page (2018)

[1Promoted by SOI, IAPB Italy and “Insieme per la Vista” Foundation.

[2Namely the right to health: "The Republic protects health as a fundamental right of the individual and the interest of the community, and guarantees free care to those with low income" (Article 32 of the Italian Constitution, first paragraph).


Published on 14 November 2018.


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