Did you know 253 million people in the world have a visual impairment? World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness held on the second Thursday of October to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment. World Sight Day 2017 is October 12.
Here are five articles to help you learn more about visual impairment and blindness. You can read these articles using CPL's Online Resources.
"Amazing Electronic Glasses Help the Legally Blind See, But They Are Costly" by Andrew Zaleski
CNBC.com, September 20, 2017
Smart technology advances have made it possible for people with low vision to see more and become more independent. But the cost of the technology means it may be out of reach for most people who could use it.
"Looking Good" by Clare Wilson
New Scientist, 2017 Special Issue
You mom was right—eating veggies may be good for your eyesight. Exercise, spending time outside and using new technology are a few of the other ways you can improve your vision.
"A Look Inside the Blackhawks Blind Hockey Team" by Steve Reaven
Chicago Tribune, August 9, 2017
Learn about blind athletes who are winning big right here in Chicago.
"Blind Artist and Engineering Students Team Up to Create a Unique Cane" by Amy Dockser Marcus
Wall Street Journal, June 26, 2017
One blind artist is using his cane to create music and disrupt the way people see disability, with the help of some engineers.
"With Artificial Intelligence, Facebook Helps the Blind to Know What's in the Pictures" by Diego Graglia
Braille Forum, June 2016
As social media has become such a major way people connect with their friends and family, people who cannot see well have had trouble participating fully in the social networks. Now Facebook is taking steps to become more accessible.
Want to take action in honor of World Sight Day? You can donate your old eyeglasses to be recycled and reused by someone in need with Lions Clubs International's eyeglass recycling program. Check the website to find a donation site near you.