Today World Sight Day is celebrated in all countries around the world. This year it focuses on the need for universal access to eye health. For this reason, the Barcelona Macula Foundation insists on the need for more investment in research in order to find a cure for problems of vision. In the words of Jordi Monés, Medical Director of the Foundation, “for effective prevention research is also necessary. The more research carried out, the sooner diseases of vision that still have no treatment or cure can be prevented”.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness have promoted this day since 1999 and are striving to achieve the elimination of avoidable blindness by 2020, thanks to efforts in prevention. To this end they have created the initiative “Vision 2020: the right to sight”.
In turn, the IAPB have just published a report entitled, Report on Universal Eye Health, translated into 6 languages. This report gives an overview of the eye health situation globally and regionally, with examples of countries striving towards universal eye health.