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Prevention of Blindness week 2023: Know history, importance, key factors that cause visual impairment

Prevention of Blindness week is observed from April 1-April 7 every year in India. It main objective of this week is to spread awareness about the care of eye among the mass. It aims at raising caution among blind people to highlight the importance of eye care. Government of India planned the prevention Blindness week […]

Edited By : Divya Richa | Updated: Apr 3, 2023 14:23 IST
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Prevention of Blindness week 2023

Prevention of Blindness week is observed from April 1-April 7 every year in India. It main objective of this week is to spread awareness about the care of eye among the mass. It aims at raising caution among blind people to highlight the importance of eye care.

Government of India planned the prevention Blindness week and also organised many events to mark the week. The week is significant as it raises awareness among the people about all factors that cause blindness. The week is observed across the country and raises awareness among every rank and file of the country to understand the importance of eye. This articles gives you details information the history and significance of the week. Glaucoma is the main reason of irreversible blindness.

History and events to mark the week

The prevention of blindness week was first started by our first Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru and Raj Kumari Amrit Kaur in 1960 under the societies registration act of 1860. Later, WHO has launched another campaign ” Right to sight” for the prevention of blindness. The government and non-government organise many events and activities to mark the prevention of blindness week. It alerts society about the factors that cause blindness.

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Significance

The week-long campaign for eye safety mainly focuses on the main factors that lead to eye injury and blindness. It spread awareness among the mass about the proper care of eye and alert them about the risk factors that can cause blindness.

Key reasons of blindness

This eye campaign aims at preventing visual impairment among the people. As per the latest data, it is found that the India has the largest number of blind people. According to 2007 statistics, out of 37 million blind people in world, over 15 million blind are in India only. That means one out of every three people is blind in India. The key reasons of blindness are cataract, trachoma, Vitamin A deficiency, and malnutrition, including

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First published on: Apr 01, 2023 10:11 AM IST

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