World Sight Day (WSD) has the global date to observe of the Second Thursday in October. This year it fell on the 13th October, to mark celebration of WSD-2016. For raising public awareness of blindness and vision impairment, this day is celebrated by organizations and institutions in many different ways in India. It's a global event and it was integrated into the global program of the World Health Organization and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB). Anugraha Drishtidaan is integrated with Vision 2020 India.
The eyes are one of the most important parts of the body. It is said ‘Sarvange Nayanam Pradhanam’. But the human eye is extremely delicate. Restorations of eye sight and blindness prevention strategies are among the most cost-effective interventions in health care system in the world. Some of the eye problems that receive attention during World Sight Day are cataract, trachoma, refractive error, low vision, night blindness, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy.
President of ‘Anugraha Drishtidaan’ Dr. Jauhari Lal addressed the Assembly of students and explained the importance of eye care. He also explained the prevalence of eye diseases in India. Especially, the aged persons and children. He explained as to how they have to take care of their eyes. They should also be sensitive towards aged and blind persons. On this occasion, a pamphlet containing 15 check points for taking eye care was distributed to 1000 students.
The camp will be held at Florence Public School, Pratap Nagar, Mayur Vihar, Phase-1, Delhi on the occasion of World Sight Day. More than 200 school children were examined for low vision and 26 students were referred for further investigation. 35 students were identified for giving spectacles for distribution free of charge. This programme was organized in collaboration with eye care hospital, Noida.