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World Sight Day: prevention enters the football stadiums

It will be celebrated on 11th October, 2018 with initiatives promoted by IAPB Italy. Three days of free ophthalmic check-ups are going to take place in Rome from 9th October

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness-IAPB Italy “returns ” this year for World Sight Day, which is celebrated on 11th October (the second Thursday of the month) with free initiatives, such as information points in squares, free eye examinations and conferences. Three days of free ophthalmic check-ups are going to take place in Rome, from 9th to 11th October, on board of a Mobile Ophthalmology Unit of the International Agency.

In addition, IAPB Italy will enter into Italian football stadiums with an information campaign: a banner will be displayed on the pitch before the start of the eighth round of Serie A matches of the 2018-2019 season(from 5th to 7th October).

According to the WHO, globally, there are 217 million visually impaired people and 36 million blind people (for a combined total of 253 million visually impaired people). A staggering 1.2 billion people need glasses and, among other things, myopia is increasing rapidly in the world. This is why it is important for everyone to have access to appropriate eye care. Even in Italy too many people do not regularly have an eye examination. The aim of these initiatives is to raise awareness among citizens and institutions regarding the protection of the most important of the five senses: eight out of ten visual disabilities are avoidable.

The Italian branch of the IAPB has been offering comprehensive information for years to educate the population on the importance of periodic eye tests for early diagnosis, to facilitate access to early care and to grant the opportunities offered by visual rehabilitation to the visually impaired. In particular, IAPB Italy founded – thanks to its President Giuseppe Castronovo – the National Centre of Services and Research for the Prevention of Blindness and Visual Rehabilitation of the Visually Impaired, which is a WHO Collaboration Center at the A. Gemelli Hospital in Rome.

Changes to the initiatives are possible, also at short notice. Therefore, before attending, it is strongly recommended to consult the dedicated internet page for up to date information!

The Italian initiatives for World Sight Day are promoted by IAPB Italy together with the Italian Ophthalmology Society (SOI)

Please read our World Sight Day page(it. version)

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Published on 17 September 2018. Updated on: 28 September 2018

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