World Sight Day - Oct 8th
Today is World Sight Day. In Australia, it is estimated that more than 453,000 people are blind or vision impaired. The number of Australians living with vision loss and the associated costs are likely to almost double by 2030 as the Australian population ages if we don't take action.
In Australia, approximately 90% of vision loss and blindness is preventable or treatable and can be attributed to five main conditions – refractive error, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, cataract and glaucoma.
Diabetes is a leading cause of avoidable vision loss, but currently only half of people living with diabetes get the recommended eye tests.