What You Need to Know to Help World Blindness


October is World Blindness Awareness Month, a drive began to assist people in general with understanding the real factors of visual debilitation and what it means for the total populace.

Sadly, there are a huge number of people all throughout the planet who are pointlessly visually impaired or outwardly debilitated because of causes that are preventable and treatable. A lot of this is because of an absence of admittance to appropriate medical services and schooling. The present exploration shows that the main sources of visual deficiency and moderate and extreme vision disability (MSVI) are uncorrected refractive mistakes, waterfalls, age-related macular degeneration (AMD), glaucoma, and other retinal illnesses, for example, retinitis pigmentosa.

While steps are being taken to expand schooling and admittance to eye care in populaces that are known to be deficient with regards to, vision disability is required to increment triple by 2050 because of maturing and an increment in nearsightedness and diabetic retinopathy.

Here are some facts about blindness and MSVI:

  • 36 million people worldwide are blind
  • 217 million are categorized as MSVI
  • 253 million are visually impaired
  • 1.1 million people have near vision impairment that could be fixed with eyeglasses
  • 55% of visually impaired people are women
  • 89% of visually impaired people live in low or middle-income countries
  • 75% of vision impairment is avoidable
  • 81% of people who are blind or have MSVI are aged 50 years or over
  • Almost half of all students in Africa’s schools for the blind would be able to see if they had a pair of glasses.

What can we do?

To help battle worldwide visual deficiency and vision disability, we initially must be instructed. Find out about legitimate eye wellbeing and eye mind and instruct your kids, family, and companions. Execute that information into your existence with safeguard eye care and customary eye specialist visits. Battling visual impairment begins at home.

Then, consider giving your old eyewear. Eyewear gifts can be amazingly important to immature nations. Most eye specialists acknowledge gifts of old eyewear and offer them to associations like the Lions Club or VOSH that do helpful missions to different nations and give eyecare and eyewear. Old glasses that we underestimate here or that are gathering dust in a cabinet someplace can be extraordinary for somebody in a poor or immature country.

Likewise, there are various associations that help the total populace in forestalling visual impairment and giving instruction and eye care to oppressed social orders. You can help battle visual deficiency and MSVI by supporting these causes and the numerous others out there accomplishing philanthropic work in this field.

Functional blindness

The Iowa Department for the Blind define a person as being functionally blind when they have to use alternative techniques to perform daily tasks that people typically perform with sight.

Some alternative techniques may include:

  • using braille to read a book
  • using the audio description option on the television
  • using a guide dog to go out for walks or shopping
  • using computer software to read the contents of the page out loud

What treatment options are available?

Treatments vary depending on the cause of the blindness or visual impairment. However, in some cases — such as with retinal degeneration disorders — there is currently no cure.

Some causes of blindness or visual impairment that do have available treatments include:

  • Diabetic retinopathy: If the cause of visual impairment is diabetic retinopathy, treatment may help stop it from worsening. However, it cannot cure any existing damage. This treatment may involve receiving injections into the eye, trying laser treatment, or undergoing eye surgery.
  • AMD: There are two types of AMD: dry and wet. If a person has dry AMD, there is no available treatment. However, if a person has wet AMD, treatments may consist of regular injections or a treatment called photodynamic therapy.
  • Cataracts: Cataracts cause the lens of the eye to become cloudy, which may affect vision. A person with severe cataracts may require surgery to save their vision.

Visit our Westpoint Optcal to Book an eye exam contact us: Brampton West:905-488-1626 or Brampton East:647-948-8581.

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