I have pledged my support for the campaign to get people to have their eye sight tested. This campaign is called ‘love to see’.
Uncorrected vision is the world’s most common disability and affects over one third of the global population. In the United Kingdom it is estimated that two and a half million people (approximately 4% of the population) are uncorrected and a further two million people suffer from sight loss. Many eye conditions can be treated and corrected in a timely manner through early diagnosis and medical intervention and regular eye screening is vital in managing this issue.
An eyesight examination also has secondary health benefits by helping to detect other medical conditions including type II diabetes, a disorder which is becoming increasingly commonplace in the UK.
The consequences of sight loss costs the UK economy £28 billion per annum and this new campaign was launched to coincide with World Sight Day.
The ‘Love to See’ campaign is about raising awareness of the importance of regular eye checks and on the global public health issue that uncorrected refractive error represents. I am calling on people worldwide to make a pledge and commit to have their eyesight checked. For the first 100,000 pledges made between 13 October and 31 December 2016, the ‘Love to See’ campaign will donate $1 to a selection of initiatives that are bringing good vision to underprivileged or underserved populations around the world whilst at the same time encouraging those of us for whom eye care services are more easily accessible to become more aware of our own eye health.
In just three clicks on www.lovetoseechange.com, people wishing to support the campaign can take the pledge and choose the initiative they would like to sponsor to support on their behalf. It is a simple process but it will have life changing consequences for the people it helps.
Regular screening is a key part of maintaining good visual health and I urge people in Delyn to love their eyes and get their sight checked. By doing so they will be not only be helping themselves but will be helping to support people in parts of the world where poor visual health is a major barrier to development.
So I hope as many people as possible visit the website and chose what charitable donation they want the ‘Love to See’ campaign to make on their behalf.