World Optometry Day

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When is World Optometry Day?

World Optometry Day is celebrated on the 23rd of March each year as a symbol of celebrating optometry as a profession. Different Governmental, Non Governmental eye health organizations and pioneers arrange various activities, events and gatherings to raise awareness about the part optometrists play in helping people with their eye problems and eye care. World Optometry Day was started in 1986 by the International Optometric and Optical League to celebrate the growing profession of optometry in the world. It is an opportunity to draw the spotlight on a key eye care profession and their critical role in tackling uncorrected refractive errors and other eye care services like contact lenses, low vision rehabilitation, binocular vision and many more
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What is Optometry?

According to the World Council of Optometry “Optometry is a healthcare profession that is autonomous, educated, and regulated (licensed/registered), and optometrists are the primary healthcare practitioners of the eye and visual system who provide comprehensive eye and vision care, which includes refraction and dispensing, detection/diagnosis and management of disease in the eye, and the rehabilitation of conditions of the visual system.”


The profession of optometry has evolved since the late 19th Century as the primary eye care health profession responding to the universal need for quality, accessible, cost-effective eye and vision care. Optometrists are widely distributed in communities around the world; they provide economic value for the services they offer; they detect sight and life-threatening conditions such as glaucoma, diabetes and hypertension at savings to the health care system; they provide entry into the health care system for many patients who would otherwise not seek care they prepare our children for the competitive marketplace by assuring their visual health and preparedness for learning and achievement; they maximise employement productivity and benefit economic stability, and they promote quality of life and individual independence and reduce costly institutionalised and supported care.


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