On Thursday 15 October 2020, the World Blind Union (WBU) joins the rest of the world in observing White Cane Safety Day.
White Cane Safety Day reminds the world of the importance of the White Cane as a tool for independent living for persons who are blind and partially sighted.
The government appears to have cut plans for the much-anticipated free eye health exam for seniors, opting instead for a very basic, age-related macular degeneration (AMD) check by GP nurses as part of its broader commitment to a free annual health assessment for SuperGold cardholders. But such a basic eye check for AMD alone could actually be detrimental to older people’s vision, warn industry leaders, disappointed by the development and the government’s complete lack of consultation and understanding about eye health.
[Story by Lesley Springall. Originally published at eyeonoptics https://www.nzoptics.co.nz/articles/archive/eye-check-dumbed-down-sidelined/]
On Thursday 8 October 2020, the World Blind Union (WBU) joins the rest of the world in observing World Sight Day. World Sight Day is the main advocacy event for raising awareness about blindness and vision impairment - The Right To Sight - and is observed annually on the second Thursday of October.
Sight problems in primary school children are remaining undiagnosed for years due to insufficient eye checks. The head of the University of Auckland's School of Optometry and Vision Science, and chair of Eye Health Aotearoa, estimates one in ten children in New Zealand needs glasses and don't have them because screening is inadequate. Professor Steven Dakin says vision problems can go unchecked for years, and short sightedness, and long sightedness are not part of pre school testing. He advocates a nationwide mobile school screening programme, so children who have correctable vision problems can be treated.
Forging a new pathway to help Kiwis to see more clearly, Eye Health Aotearoa launched in parliament late this summer.
A collective of individuals and organisations from across the eye health sector, Eye Health Aotearoa presented its recommended seven-point plan to MPs, guests and media at Parliament House on February 19.