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Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Putting Vision First

VISION FIRST:The Department of Ophthalmic Sciences arranged several activities for World Sight Day VISION FIRST:The Department of Ophthalmic Sciences arranged several activities for World Sight Day

The Department of Ophthalmic Sciences marked World Sight Day with a range of activities aimed at highlighting the cause.

The day is observed on the second Thursday of October every year, and aims to focus global attention on vision impairment and blindness.

This year’s theme was Vision First.

According to the World Health Organization at least 2.2 billion people globally have a vision impairment or blindness, of whom at least 1 billion have a vision impairment that could be prevented or avoided.

Lecturer Prasidh Ramson said the Department had focused its activities for students on central vision loss.

“We arranged simulators (special glasses that mimic the eye condition of central vision loss). We got students to attempt to do simple activities like threading a needle, tying shoelaces, trying to navigate around the department and copying from the board while wearing the simulators to give them an idea of what it feels like if someone were to have that condition.”

They were also given the opportunity to reflect on what they would do as eye health professionals in their community or family to make vision a priority.

Angelique Hendricks, Head of the Department, encouraged the students: “As future eye professionals, it’s important to recognise opportunities to promote eye health. It’s very important that we don’t sidestep our responsibility.”

 

Written by Ilse Fredericks

Email: Frederickskennediji@cput.ac.za

Provides coverage for the Health and Wellness Sciences and Informatics and Design Faculties.