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Visualase support World Sight Day 2017

Published on 5th October 2017

Visualase laser eye clinic, based in Bolton is supporting World Sight Day (WSD) which is an annual day of awareness to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment held on Thursday 12 October, 2017.

The focus of this year’s World Sight Day is ‘Make Vision Count’ with the aim to raise as much public awareness about blindness and vision impairment as possible and influence governments around the world to designate funds to prevention programmes.

Unless you’ve been directly affected by vision problems, or know someone that has, it can be difficult to understand the devastating effects visual impairment can have. And with a staggering 285 million people across the globe are blind or visually impaired – it’s a key issue in public health that we need to speak about more often.

Important statistics from World Sight Day:

    • Approximately 285 million people worldwide live with low vision and blindness
    • Of these, 39 million people are blind and 246 million have moderate or severe visual impairment
    • 90% of blind people live in low-income countries
    • Yet 80% of visual impairment is avoidable – i.e. readily treatable and/or preventable
    • Restorations of sight, and blindness prevention strategies are among the most cost-effective interventions in health care
    • The number of people blind from infectious causes has greatly reduced in the past 20 years
    • An estimated 19 million children are visually impaired
    • About 65 % of all people who are visually impaired are aged 50 and older, while this age group comprises only 20% of the world’s population
    • Increasing elderly populations in many countries mean that more people will be at risk of age-related visual impairment.

We’re keen to support World Sight Day on October 12th, at a time where people across the globe can focus on blindness and visual impairment. At Visualase, we think the first step to eye health is through having an eye examination, so that we can truly assess your eyes and determine the best laser eye treatment for you.

The team at Visualase laser eye surgery clinic want to ensure all their patients have the knowledge they need to ensure their eyes remain as healthy as possible, and also support various eye health charities by donating no longer needed glasses that can be recycled to raise funds, so if you have any unwanted specs feel free to bring them into the clinic in Bolton, click here for more information.

If you’re thinking about having laser eye surgery*, now is the perfect opportunity for you to book a consultation with your treating surgeon at Visualase and discuss your options on permanently improving your quality of life, contact us today!


*All eye surgical procedures carry a level of risk including not obtaining the desired outcome through to varying levels of visual loss. Your eye surgeon will discuss the risks and benefits including ones specific to your circumstances at the time of your preoperative consultation.