Anneliese Dodds MEP

The South East's Voice in Europe

Action to stop avoidable blindness


On World Sight Day - a day to focus attention on blindness and vision impairment - Anneliese has called for action to stop avoidable blindness.

Anneliese said: "It is shocking that 80% of cases of low vision and blindness worldwide could be avoided. That is over 200 million people who could have their vision restored if they had access to prevention programmes and treatment. This is a major international public health issue and we need action from governments around the world to help end this unnecessary suffering.

"This week I met representatives from the European Guide Dog Federation who were visiting the parliament. We talked about the challenges faced by people with sight problems not least the European Parliament itself and the surrounding streets -- an issue I am taking up with the parliamentary services. During the meeting I tried on some specially modified glasses which simulated the impact of various difference types of visual impairment. This allowed me to experience, albeit very briefly, some of the difficulties people can face with a visual impairment."

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