The following article is simply to bring more awareness about our eyes.
Some statistics are presented with some sensible questions for us all to consider.
At the end there is a practical step by step guide for Cleaning our Glasses, taken from the Simple Living Global – Back to Basics Program.
Then continue onto the comments where we will post anything that feels appropriate and relevant about our Eyes and Eye Care.
We have World Sight Day today – 11 October 2018
An annual day of awareness held on the second Thursday of October, to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment. (1)
This year’s call to action: Eye Care Everywhere
International Key Messages #WorldSightDay
253 million people blind or vision impaired – 2015
217 million – moderate – severe visual impairment
124 million – uncorrected refractive errors
65 million – cataract
1 BILLION people with near-vision impairment
75% of all blindness and MSVI is avoidable
89% vision impaired people live in low and middle-income countries
55% moderate or severely impaired people are women (1)
Refractive errors are vision problems that happen when the shape of the eye affects the focus.
Cause could be length of eyeball, changes in shape of cornea or aging of the lens.
4 Common Refractive Errors
Myopia nearsightedness – clear vision close up but blurry in the distance
Hyperopia farsightedness – clear vision in the distance but blurry close up
Presbyopia inability to focus close up as a result of ageing
Astigmatism focus problems caused by the cornea (2)
Universal Eye Health
World Health Organization Global Action Plan 2014 – 2019
The adoption of the global eye health action plan by the 66th World Health Assembly opens a new opportunity for Member States to progress with their efforts to prevent visual impairment and strengthen rehabilitation of the blind in their communities.
If the following 2 major causes of visual impairment were considered and priorities and control measures were implemented consistently across the world, by providing refractive services and offering cataract surgery to the people in need, two thirds of the visually impaired people could recover good sight:
42% uncorrected refractive errors
33% cataract (3)
Do we know how far we have come today with this WHO action plan?
Are we all aware this action plan is coming to an end – 2019?
Is anything missing and are we all understanding what is needed?
How do we ensure real action will be taken with our daily eye care?
Do we need to wait for the 67th world health meeting to take place?
Can we all start by doing our bit – however small that may seem?
Is there an individual responsibility that could make a difference?
Each of us are a part of the whole world so what we do, does matter.
On that note –
What if we just started with very simple basic eye care
What does this mean to us – the average jo on the street
What if getting our eyes tested regularly is a real start
What if we Focus on our eyes when washing our face
What if we realise how delicate the skin is around our eyes
What if we practice the closing of the eyelids from this blog
What if we wipe our tears gently and not rough and hard
What if we are tender with ourselves removing eye make-up
What if we use eye drops to support our tired dry eyes
What if we switched to night mode on our phone screen
What if we adjust the brightness on our computer screen
What if we always use goggles for swimming to help our eyes
What if we use sunglasses to protect our eyes even if it’s not so sunny
What if we acknowledge the sensitivity of our eyes by honouring what they need in any given moment.
What if we deeply support our eyes with a real eye pillow from
What if we used an eye mask for those long journeys to heal our eyes
What if we just make a stop in our day to breathe and feel our eyes
What if we made the effort to clean our glasses
What if we took super care of our contact lenses
What if we value and appreciate what our eyes give us
What if we used the palm of our hand and cupped it over our eyes
What if our eyes receive more clearly when we take more care
The following is taken from the Simple Living Global – Back to Basics Program
Cleaning our Glasses
Glasses, spectacles, sunnies, goggles, specs – all the same thing
Question – How are we taking care of our glasses
Who is interested in doing this task
Who can be bothered if we are Honest
Do we keep losing our glasses
Do we have more than one pair
Do we have a case to rest them in
Is the case the right size to fit them
How important are your glasses to you
Do you leave them anywhere with no regard
Do you leave them on your head and forget
Do you wear them with a string or chain around your neck
Have you ever Lost or forgotton where you put your glasses
What condition are your glasses in
How often do you clean your glasses
Do you value and appreciate your glasses like they are precious
Do you have a cleaning ritual for your glasses
Our eyes need support for whatever reason and so we get glasses
Our job is to look after them and take deep care because they are important.
This means that we value the job they are doing for us
Here is a super Simple way that we can bring into our day, if we have glasses.
Make a point of cleaning them everyday
Trot down to the spectacle shop – buy few cloths and spray
Get a string if you feel it would support you to keep them close
Ask for a glasses case if you do not have one
Make sure you place a spare cloth in your glasses case
Whilst you are in the shop – check your prescription is up to date
If not, make it a Priority to get your eyes tested – super important
Let’s Start –
Choose a time where you have a moment to Stop and pause
Have your spray and cloth next to you
Sit down – take the time to Gently open the case
Hold the glasses without touching the lens
Be aware of how you hold them – use your fingertips
Best place is the bridge bit for the nose
Use your thumb and finger for holding
Be delicate and tender with this process
Focus on the task in hand and nothing else
Pick spray up and squirt one lens on both sides
Use the cloth and wipe with anti-clockwise motion
Move to another part of the cloth that is dry
Continue wiping super Gently and with care
Say in your mind as you do this job –
“It is my intention to clean these glasses to support me to see and receive Truth”
Repeat with the other lens taking the same deep care
If they are mega dirty, then do both sides again
At the end, wipe the nose bit and the frame all over
Leave the cloth out to dry – hang it over the spray bottle
Make sure the lenses are not touched
Check them out and see and feel the difference
Sparkly clean means things will be seen with more clarity
A new sharper Focus going forward now
When not in use – store them in their home
Clean out the home – the case they live in
This is just as important
Make sure cloths are washed and rinsed regular
Imagine doing this simple task everyday just to support you
What an incredible basic gift
Out and about or at work – no spray
No problemo – just breathe gently on each lens then wipe away
Use the spare cloth you carry in your case
Job done and fresh clean glasses everyday
Now others get to really truly see your eyes
If your eyes could speak they would say THANK YOU.
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(1) World Sight Day 2018. International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness. Retrieved October 10, 2018 from
(2) (n.d). Refractive Errors. Medline Plus. Retrieved October 10, 2018 from
(3) (2013). Universal Eye Health A Global Action Plan 2014 – 2019. World Health Organization. Retrieved October 9, 2018 from