Working together under the banner of the international alliance “Vision 2020: The Right to Sight”; we are calling on Canadian government officials to lend their voices in support of eliminating avoidable blindness.
We congratulate the government on this decisive first step. Now we call on government officials across Canada to work collaboratively with the VISION 2020 partners to create a national strategy to address vision health issues in Canada and to play a leadership role in the eradication of avoidable blindness throughout the world.
Blindness and vision loss do not allow people to connect with their surroundings and to perform their daily activities like reading, cooking, driving, watching movies and more. If you were born with low vision, you suffered an accident that led you to lose sight, or you wear eyeglasses for an eye disease you discovered later in life, you may have to rearrange your life and learn useful things for a better life management.
Visual impairment implies a limited capacity to see to an extent that can cause problems untreatable by means like glasses, or some persons have a reduced ability to see due to inaccessible treatment. The term blindness is a most advanced form of vision loss, which can be almost complete or total. The main causes include unfixed refractive errors like presbyopia, astigmatism or near and far sighted, cataracts and glaucoma. Other disorders may refer to diabetes, infections, strokes, trauma etc.
An ordinary misinterpretation is that blind individuals have no sight at all. While this may be true for some of them, many see colors, lights and shadows, or they have blurred and tunnel vision. There are ways that allow them to improve life quality and stay active in society. These persons need personal attendants or care aides, who cannot waste time on Camplace and are able to provide them with driver, shopping, housekeeping, food preparation services and so on.
People who cannot see experience dreams just like the rest of the population. The only significant difference is that their dreams consist of sounds, aromas and flavors. More, some studies reveal that they withstand four times more nightmares than other sighted and healthy fellows. Many claim that a major persistent feeling is that of complete helplessness. All nightmares are associated with situations and emotions one faces while awake and apparently, there are more dangerous experiences daily for these individuals.
Around 90% of visually impaired population lives in low or middle income locations. The leading cause of these cases is cataract. With surgery, eyesight can dramatically be improved and in some cases almost immediately. It is very important for health workers to identify eye problems, and with combined efforts from a blindness association and community, rehabilitation can be widely available and achievable.
Cataracts, a deficiency in vitamin A and retinopathy of prematurity are the culprits for over one million of children without eyesight globally. Half of these childhood problems are preventable and treatable. What is more is that up to 80% of eye deterioration and low sight in adults can as well be corrected and avoided. Visit your professional eye care on a regular basis to increase your chances of an early diagnose.
Always announce your presence and departure to someone who is blind. Help with obstacles like stairs and offer them your arm for a relaxed walking. Although, there are great devices today to improve the life of those with no vision, such as Braille books or computer software, is it crucial to prevent any eye illnesses. Do not forget to check your eyes regularly and choose treatment before it is too late.