Second Asia-Pacific Eye Care Week


 Media Kit 

Eye Care Campaigns in the Asia-Pacific Region

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In Chinese Taipei…

Over 200 people got up very early to participate in a walkathon in Jian Nan Mountain in Chinese Taipei on October 13, 2012 in order to show their support for the 2nd Asia-Pacific Eye Care Week and World Sight Day 2012. With the theme “Walk outside, Chase your sight”, the walkathon is the largest eye care campaign organized by the Chinese Taipei Ophthalmological Society and a few ophthalmic non-government organizations in Chinese Taipei. Patients with eye diseases in Chinese Taipei are reported to have low awareness on the importance of protecting the eyes. Participants all agreed that looking at distant objects could effectively eliminate eye strain.

With the aim to raise the awareness on the importance of having regular eye check-ups among the elderly, free eye examination was also provided to the participants over 200 senior citizens aged 70 on average. Check-ups included tonometry, slit-lamp and fundoscopy. They were also invited to attend seminars conducted by ophthalmologists.

In Bangladesh…

In support of the World Sight Day 2012 and the 2nd Asia-Pacific Eye Care Week, the Scientific Sub-Committee of the Ophthalmological Society of Bangladesh (OSB) has organized various activities to raise public awareness on eye health and prevention of visual impairment, including:

  • Eye Screening for Normal Tension Glaucoma
  • Eye Screening for Diabetic Retinopathy among diabetic patients and patients
  • Screening camp for Lazy Eye
  • A symposium on Normal Tension Glaucoma
  • A Symposium on quality assurance in eye care
  • Two Symposium on Diabetic Retinopathy focusing on (1) Barriers to Care-Seeking for Diabetic Retinopathy and(2) Diabetic Retinopathy: Time to Act
  • Live TV program about Normal Tension Glaucoma, Diabetic Retinopathy and Lazy Eye
  • A Rally for World Sight Day & the 2nd Asia Pacific Eye Care Week

Among the 136 patients undergoing eye screening for normal tension glaucoma, 2 were diagnosed with normal tension glaucoma. Another 147 patients with cardiac diseases were recruited for screening for diabetic retinopathy. Around 70% of them were found to be diabetic and 22.5% were diagnosed with diabetic retinopathy. A total of 237 school children underwent lazy eye screening and 27 of them were found to be suffering from various types of refractive errors.

As the old saying goes, prevention is better than cure. The earlier one receives treatment will also entail a greater chance of successful cure. The OSB believes that organizing such eye care campaigns will continue to raise public awareness on the importance of protecting the eyes.