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World Sight Day aims to focus attention on blindness prevention

International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPA) statistics show that 80% of blindness is avoidable, and 4 out of 5 people have some form of preventable visual impairment.

World Sight Day happens annually on the second Thursday in October, and it aims to focus our attention on preventing loss of sight.

Dr. Helena Cilliers of the Lions Eye Clinic told Cayman 27 many people take their vision for granted, and therefore are unaware their eyesight may be declining.

“I think its important to look at each eye individually, see what you can see in the distance, check your reading vision, and then you also need to be aware of visual fields which are the peripheral visual field or the central vision field where your reading vision comes from,” said Dr. Cilliers.

She told Cayman 27 it’s important to have a screening once a year for any sight problems, from glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy to other problems that, if left untreated, could cause blindness.

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Joe Avary

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Joe Avary has been with Cayman 27 since 2014. He brings 20 years in television experience to the job, working hard every day to bring the people of Cayman stories that inform the public and make a difference in the community. Joe hopes his love for the Cayman Islands shines through in his informative and entertaining weather reports. If you have a story idea for Joe or just want to say hello, call him at 324-2141 or send an email to josephavary@hurleysmedia.ky

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