#LoveYourEyes

The Canadian Ophthalmological Society (COS) is proud to recognize World Sight Day 2021.

As an advocate for optimal eye care for all Canadians, we’re urging everyone to #LoveYourEyes by taking charge of your eye health

WHAT IS WORLD SIGHT DAY?

World Sight Day is an annual, international day of awareness coordinated by the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) to focus attention on the global issue of eye health.

World Sight Day is
October 14, 2021.

WORLDWIDE:

Over 90% of vision loss could have been prevented

Over 90% of vision loss could have been prevented

At least 1.1 billion people experience vision loss primarily because they don’t have access to eye care services

At least 1.1 billion people experience vision loss primarily because they don’t have access to eye care services

The leading causes of vision loss include:
• Uncorrected refractive error
• Unoperated cataracts
• Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD), glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy

The leading causes of vision loss include:
• Uncorrected refractive error
• Unoperated cataracts
• Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD), glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO
#LoveYourEyes?

This year’s theme for World Sight Day is #LoveYourEyes! It’s about being aware of your own eye health and if you are able to, getting an eye exam or recommending others to do the same.

How aware are Canadians about eye health?

When it comes to the leading causes of vision loss*

Canadians are most familiar with cataracts (64%)…

…and almost half know about glaucoma (48%).

*According to a recent COS survey of 2000 Canadians

But far fewer Canadians are aware of

age-related macular degeneration (AMD) (38%)…

…and diabetic retinopathy (20%).

Regular eye exams can help prevent vision loss through early detection of these serious eye diseases.

Healthy Canadian adults should get a comprehensive eye exam:

20-39 years
At least every
2-3 years

40-64 years
At least every
2 years

65+ years
At least every
year

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO
#LoveYourEyes?

Take charge of your eye health

Make a commitment to
#LoveYourEyes

IAPB wants to get a million people to have their eyes tested, and EVERYONE COUNTS. Help them reach their target by World Sight Day by pledging to have an eye exam or prioritize your eye health. Share on social media to encourage others to make the pledge too!

Capture and share the importance of eye health for a chance to win!

Enter the IAPB World Sight Day 2021 Photo Competition

IAPB wants to see your images that capture a range of what it can mean to have healthy vision. By entering the Photo Competition, your images become an important part of raising awareness and celebrating why EVERYONE COUNTS.

18
OCT 21

SUBMISSIONS CLOSE:
OCTOBER 18, 2021

29
OCT 21

WINNERS ANNOUNCED:
OCTOBER 29, 2021

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