Today,on 23rd March 2020, we celebrate World Optometry Day. The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) marks this day as an opportunity to draw the spotlight on optometrist as a key eye care profession and create awareness about optometry and its practices around the world.
On World Optometry Day, optometrists and eye care professionals have the opportunity to spread knowledge and expertise in order to create a huge impact and raise awareness.
World Optometry Day is unique to the profession of optometry and serves as a reminder thateye care professionals worldwide are striving to provide the same things, comprehensive eye care services to their patients.
The World Council of Optometry (WCO) defines optometry as “a healthcare profession that is autonomous, educated and regulated, 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/diagnoses and management of disease in the eye, and the rehabilitation of conditions of the visual system.”
Malaysian Health Ministry recognises optometrists as primary eyecare providers who provide essential services under healthcare.
Sight is known to be the most important of the five senses. In fact, the brain receives 80 percent of its information from the eyes. Most people said that losing their vision would affect their lives more than losing memory, speech, hearing, an arm or a leg. Globally, optometrists share a vision of a world where optometry provides high quality and comprehensive eye care where its accessible to all people. Blindness and vision impairment affect more than 600 million people around the world, according to the IAPB. Many cases are because individuals do not have access to the eye exams and eyeglasses they need.
Today, we celebrate optometrists for our role as primary eyecare providers, for how we impact lives through our profession.
We thank Johnson and Johnson Visioncarefor collaborating with the Association of Malaysian Optometrists ( AMO) to bring joy and light of celebration in this difficult season.
Many of us optometrists have a choice to open or close , to render our services or stay at home during this Movement Control Order. However, let us
spare a prayer for our optometrists friends, especially for those who work in hospitals or private ophthalmologists’ clinic who areserving their patients for emergency cases , out of duty and love for the nation in this difficult season.
Let us use this World Optometry Day to share with our family and friends the role of optometrists by sharing the video via social media ( Facebook, Instagram, ++) , via WhatsApp and any other means.
We will come out of this stronger. Stay safe and stay strong!!