Sightsaves and several other health organizations have come together to issue a letter to take preventative action for people losing their eyesight. There are over 85 million people in the Commonwealth who either have poor vision or are completely blind. The governments are being pressured to bring together supporters, advocates, and service providers to bring vision back to everyone.
The CEO of Sightsavers, Dr. Caroline Harpe, has stated that to bring about this change everyone must work together. The goal is to raise the quality of care offered by eye health services since it’s been estimated that the amount of people with limited or no eyesight will triple in 2030. To prevent this from happening, they want organizations to join together to provide better eye care to these people.
People with limited or no eyesight will face greater challenges compared to people who have excellent eye health. Today people are living longer lives and as they age their eyesight will continue to decline if preventative measures aren’t put in place ahead of time. People across the world are a disadvantage since they face a greater risk of economic, educational, and social hardships.
The open letter is urging leaders from several countries to come together to bring vision to everyone, everywhere and to take action now. The goal Sightsavers has set their eyes upon is 2020 and the meeting carries with it the urgency of preventing or at least limiting these hardships for people of the Commonwealth. In the letter, it’s stated the tools to start taking preventative measures are there, but unless leaders and their countries take action people with declining eye health will only continue to suffer.
The submission of the letter will hopefully urge leaders into action to start taking these measures seriously and looking into bringing people quality eye care services. Millions more people could potentially be facing declining eyesight with others who may end up going completely blind. Sightsavers is stating now is the time to act to prevent the numbers of people with poor eye health from rising and to help those with declining eyesight now, not later.