I guess lots of us take our sight for granted. As we do with our hearing and our health in general. Particularly when we’re younger, we feel invincible, but looking after, and taking care of our sight was really brought home to me, when our eldest daughter we diagnosed with sight problems at 15 months old.
She’s worn glasses from that age, to correct a lazier eye. For several years, she wore a patch on her ‘good’ eye to encourage her brain to use the poorer eye, knowing that the window of opportunity would close when she was around 7. Thankfully, all the appointments, tests, patches and glasses worked, and whilst the sight in her poor eye isn’t perfect, her brain does use it along with the good eye. As a teenager, she may choose to wear just one contact lense instead of glasses, but for now she’s doing really well.
My mum only has sight in one eye, suffering with a life long cataract that was never removed, and my paternal grandfather had glaucoma. I wear glasses to correct short sightedness too, so, in our family we are all too aware of the importance of looking after your sight, and the value of regular eye tests and new glasses. But many people in the world aren’t so lucky, and that’s why I’m writing this post. Becky from Baby Budgeting is running a campaign this week to help raise awareness of Sightsavers, and their amazing work.
Check out these facts from Sightsavers, a charity working towards eliminating preventable blindness.
80 per cent of all blindness could be prevented or cured. That’s over 31 million people, most of whom live in the poorest countries in the world, who go blind unnecessarily. And with poverty being both a cause and effect of blindness, a cycle is created that can be hard for communities to break out of.
You can see and hear more about the incredible work Sightsavers are doing in their informational film:
SightSavers can break this cycle with straightforward operations costing £8-£28 or annual doses of antibiotics costing 7p-35p per person.
If you’re moved to give someone their sight please visit www.sightsavers.org.uk/donate.
Or just hop on over to twitter and send them a tweet, or share this post with the hashtag #mysight