Celebrating World Optometry Week: Advancing Global Eye Care

Introducing World Optometry Week

This week (March 17-23, 2024), we’re celebrating World Optometry Week, culminating in World Optometry Day on March 23rd. This annual event, organized by the World Council of Optometry, serves as a platform to raise awareness about the importance of optometry and its role in global eye care. The theme for this year is “Advancing Optometry’s Commitment to Global Eye Care,” highlighting the vital role that optometrists play in promoting eye health and preventing vision impairment worldwide.

Celebrating World Optometry Week: Advancing Global Eye Care

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Understanding the Importance of Global Eye Care

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 2.2 billion people around the world suffer from impairment. In almost half of these cases, vision impairment is considered preventable. Vision impairment also disproportionately affects older people, people of lower- and middle-income, and people in developing countries more. Though the prevalence of eye conditions varies by region, the most common preventable causes of vision impairment around the world include:

  • Uncorrected Refractive Errors: Refractive errors such as myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism, and presbyopia are among the leading causes of vision impairment worldwide. These conditions can often be easily corrected with eyeglasses or contact lenses.
  • Cataracts: Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness globally (WHO). However, cataract surgery is highly effective in restoring vision, highlighting the importance of early detection and access to treatment.
  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD): AMD is a progressive eye condition that primarily affects older adults and can lead to central vision loss. While there is currently no cure for AMD, early detection and treatment can help slow its progression and preserve vision.

Celebrating World Optometry Week: Advancing Global Eye Care

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Advancing Optometry’s Commitment to Global Eye Care

With vision being one of our most important senses, addressing preventable blindness can be life changing. As eye care providers, our mission is to advance global eye care by providing comprehensive eye exams, early detection of eye diseases, and access to vision correction services. By raising awareness about the importance of regular eye care and promoting initiatives to improve access to eye health services, we can help prevent vision impairment and improve the quality of life for individuals around the world.

Zenni’s Commitment to Accessible and Affordable Eye Care

At Zenni, we believe that everyone deserves access to quality vision solutions, regardless of their location or financial status. That’s why we’re committed to providing accessible and affordable eyewear to everyone. Zenni has already supported communities by donating over 1 million glasses and awarding multiple scholarships to the next generation of eye care leaders. Not only that, but with our wide range of stylish frames and customizable lens options, we strive to meet the diverse needs of our customers while prioritizing affordability and quality.

Celebrating World Optometry Week: Advancing Global Eye Care

Join Us in Advancing Global Eye Care

As we celebrate World Optometry Week, let’s recommit ourselves to advancing global eye care and promoting healthy vision for all. Whether you’re an optometrist, a healthcare professional, or simply someone who cares about eye health, there are many ways to get involved and make a difference. Together, we can work towards a world where everyone has access to the eye care they need to thrive. Join us in advancing optometry’s commitment to global eye care!

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Catherine Ong

Dr. Catherine Ong, OD, is an optometrist based in the Bay Area, California. She earned her doctorate from UC Berkeley, School of Optometry and currently provides primary and speciality eyecare in a private practice setting. She has a passion for patient education and enjoys reshaping technical concepts into digestable topics for all patients. When she is not seeing patients, you can find her exploring new restaurants, exercising, or trying out new recipes.