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Love Your Eyes at Work on World Sight Day

Eye care professionals have access to free resources to help promote next month’s World Sight Day, which focusses on eye health in the workplace. 

The campaign slogan for World Sight Day, celebrated on Thursday 12 October, will be ‘Love Your Eyes at Work’. 

The International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) have collaborated to produce a report Eye health and the world of work.1  

The report notes that around the world, over 13 million people live with vision impairment linked to their work, with an estimated 3.5 million eye injuries occurring in the workplace every year.  

the campaign slogan for World Sight Day will be ‘Love Your Eyes at Work

This amounts to on 1% of all non-fatal occupational injuries. 

The report recognises the magnitude of the burden of sight loss in the workplace, and the opportunity for improving wellbeing and productivity through promoting healthy sight. The report proposes a program to: 

  • prevent exposure to hazards in the workplace,
  • protect the existing health of workers’ eyes, and
  • provide a system to include workers’ naturally occurring sight loss, including age-related vision loss, in risk assessments.

Resource materials, including a media kit for eye health professionals to spread the World Sight Day message are available for download at: iapb.org/world-sight-day/toolkits-and-resources/#Workplace. 

Reference 

  1. International Labour Organization, Eye health and the world of work (2023) avail at: ilo.org/global/topics/safety-and-health-at-work/resources-library/publications/WCMS_892937/lang–en/index.htm [accessed 15 Sept 2023].