Cataracts affect 22 million Americans; worldwide, they are a leading cause of blindness. The total economic burden of eye disorders and vision loss in the United States in 2014was $139 billion dollars. Continued research is crucial to understanding cataracts, cataract surgery, and eye health, and awareness is part of the equation. National Health Observances (NHO) (http://healthfinder.gov/nho/) and are dedicated to raising awareness about important causes, including cataracts and other important eye health topics. Many other organizations dedicated to eye health also raise awareness of eye disorders and vision loss through days of observance.
October 8, 2015 and October 13, 2016
World Sight Day (WSD): This observance is held annually on the second Thursday of October to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment.
Glaucoma Awareness Month: This is an opportunity to bring attention to glaucoma and encourage comprehensive eye examinations and glaucoma screenings.
Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)/Low Vision Awareness Month: This is an opportunity to learn more about this condition. Americans over the age of 60 are encouraged to learn the warning signs of AMD and schedule an annual dilated eye exam.