March 23rd is World Optometry Day!
March 23rd is marked as the World Optometry Day. This day is generally celebrated to create awareness about optometry as a profession.
Optometrists are the primary healthcare practitioners of the eye and visual system who provide comprehensive eye and vision care, which includes detection, diagnosis and management of disease in the eye, and the rehabilitation of conditions of the visual system as defined by the World Council of Optometry. An optometrist also provides specialized services like vision therapy, sports vision care, low vision care, contact lenses, pediatric and geriatric care. An optometrist being the first line of defense for vision protection manages and co-manages one’s eye.
Uncorrected vision impairments effect millions of people worldwide—many are functionally blind due to lack of access to corrective lenses and eye exams. This is not limited to developing nations, and also has a significant impact in developed economies often resulting in lost education and employment opportunities. Providing corrective lenses and eye exams are at the core of the professional services optometrists offer.
Humanitarian efforts like the VOSH trip Dr. Branstetter is involved make a big difference in providing options for people in need. A big "thank you" to Dr. Branstetter, Dr. Carr and optometrist around the world!