Volume 4 Issue 17 - September 01, 2006

Theme for World Sight Day 2006 is Low Vision

D.N.I.S. News Network – The theme for World Sight Day (W.S.D.), which falls on 12 October 2006, will be Low Vision. 124 million people have low vision, the world over and millions are functionally blind due to uncorrected Refractive Error.

Materials are being developed for the use of members and supporting organisations in their events to mark W.S.D. 2006 and to raise awareness of Low Vision and Refractive Error as major public health issues. A series of short videos is being produced to promote VISION 2020 and the World Sight Day through regional T.V. broadcasters and posters and literature materials are also being prepared.

The aims of VISION 2020: The Right to Sight in relation to Low Vision includes the elimination of visual impairment (binocular vision of less than 6/18 in adults or less than 6/12 in children) and blindness (less than 3/60) due to refractive errors, and visual rehabilitation for those with permanent low vision.

The World Blind Union (W.B.U.) has been very actively pursuing the theme, and representatives have received special training on ways to link with regional and national offices and committees and to maximise the impact of W.S.D. 2006 events.

International public relation efforts are to target professional eye health and public health publications and mainstream media in order to raise awareness regarding the importance of integrated eye care for public health systems.

VISION 2020 member organisations will mark W.S.D. 2006 in a variety of ways - from gala events to local gatherings, clinical conferences to art competitions, sporting events to a “Low Vision Lunch”, where celebrities, dignitaries and the public get a chance to experience the way a partially sighted person sees the world. Programmes are designed to raise awareness of worldwide problems of visual impairment, and of strategies for the prevention of avoidable blindness and low vision.

The W.S.D. 2006 implementation pack, including guidelines and suggestions is available at For more information, email:

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