The Royal College of Ophthalmologists is proud to be supporting World Sight Day 2021 with the theme #Loveyoureyes.
World Sight Day is an opportunity for everyone to be aware of eye health and the impact of sight loss. Globally, at least 1 billion people have near or distance vision impairment that could be prevented or has yet to be addressed.
An opportunity to raise awareness eye health amongst those greatest at risk of sight loss
Vision impairment affects people of all ages, with the majority over the age of 50. The “oldest old” are at greatest risk of sight loss. Data shows that 79% of people living with sight loss in the UK are over the age of 64, while one in three aged 85 and over live with sight loss.
As the UK population ages, the number of people living with sight loss is expected to increase by over a third in the next decade, reaching 2.7 million by 2030. The Covid pandemic is likely to have increased the risk of preventable sight loss. There was an estimated 29% reduction in outpatient attendances.
Leading causes of vision impairment
It is important to remember that Cataracts and uncorrected refractive error are the leading causes of vision impairment. An eye test can help detect these as well as serious eye conditions, which may need urgent review by an ophthalmologist.
Here is the link for the Joint UK vision Royal College of Ophthalmologists and College of Optometrists.