Did you know that 45 million people in the world are blind, and 90% live in areas with little or no access to treatment.
Top causes of blindness are cataracts, glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration.
But….80% of blindness is curable and preventable.
Even more shocking, perhaps, is that 1.2 billion people don’t have access to GLASSES
An annual event acknowledged in different ways internationally, World Sight Day sees the Basingstoke Lions Club for the 6th consecutive year inviting people to bring their redundant spectacles to the Club’s stand, this year situated in Old Basing Mall (by Boots), on Thursday, 11 October between the hours of 9am and 3pm.
Visitors to the stand can also find information leaflets, receive advice on help available locally and see small items of equipment, all relating to those with impaired vision. Various local sight loss organisations are supporting the day through the supply of literature and equipment, and opticians in the town are also offering their usual support.
Between 12-2pm “Lennie the Lion”, a familiar figure at various community events, will prowl the area collecting the unwanted specs. from participating opticians – and he’s always happy to be photographed doing so!
The aim of this Day, during which Lions Clubs around the world conduct various sight-related projects, is to focus attention on the global issue of avoidable blindness and visual impairment and thus raise awareness about the importance of eye health and the need for quality eye care services for all. The projects include vision screenings, spectacle donations, restorative surgeries, eye health education programmes, and the donation of assistive devices to those with vision impairment.
As part of SPECKTREK, a programme for recycling spectacles developed by Lions Clubs International, over 300,000 pairs were collected last year across Great Britain and Ireland and sent to eye camps in Africa, India and Eastern Europe in partnership with Medico Lions Clubs de France.
It is hoped that once again the kind people of Basingstoke will reach into drawers and cupboards, retrieve any old glasses for which they have no further use, and bring them to the Lions’ stand for rehoming; such a simple act can change the lives of the recipients beyond measure.
(Note: No spectacle cases, thank you).