SALT LAKE CITY, UT– World Sight Day (WSD) is an annual day of awareness held each October, to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment. In celebration of WSD, the Utah Ophthalmology Society (UOS) would like to promote the fact that Utah Ophthalmologists have performed thousands of free patient exams and surgical procedures throughout the world over the past 12 months.
The World Sight Organization reports that:
1. Greater than 75 percent of visual impairment is avoidable.
2. 55 percent of moderate or severely vision impaired people are women.
3. Cataract is the leading cause of blindness in most regions of the world.
4. The top causes of blindness are cataract, glaucoma, and age-related macular degeneration.
UOS physician members have reported the following procedures at no cost to those in need: Cataract surgery, Glaucoma surgery, YAG capsulotomy, Eyelid repair surgery and Retinal surgery.
Countries where Utah Ophthalmologists have performed free surgeries include: Argentina, Belize, Chile, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Paraguay, Peru, Romania, Uganda and the United States.
The Utah Ophthalmology Society is Utah’s largest organization of Ophthalmologists and represents over 150 ophthalmologists.
For more information online, visit https://www.utaheyemds.org/.