World Retina Day celebrated today

Islamabad: Pakistan Foundation Fighting Blindness (PFFB) celebrates World Retina Day today (24 September) with Retina International (RI), an NGO that acts as the voice of 43 countries, funding research on rare forms, genetic and age-related vision loss.

World Retina Day takes place this year on Saturday, September 24, 2022. It’s an important day for the community and we encourage you to get involved in raising awareness of retinal degeneration in any way you can, whether by organizing a event or share content on social networks.

The retina, at the back of the eye, is a thin sheet of interconnected nerve cells, including light-sensitive cells (rods and cones). It is here that light is converted into electrical signals to the brain where ‘vision’ takes place. In retinitis pigmentosa, rod and cone cells degenerate. The rate of progress varies. There is no cure at the moment. Disorders of the retina can affect the way you process visual information and lead to distorted or absent vision. They can affect your vision, and some can be severe enough to cause blindness. Retinal disorders can cause macular degeneration, diabetic eye disease, retinal detachment, retinal cancer, macular puckering, macular holes, and floaters.

On this World Retina Day, the Retina International team is raising awareness of the experiences of the visually impaired community as the world emerges from lockdown. The community faces significant challenges in this “new normal”, including reduced mobility, even less access to work and education, and reduced support for their well-being. We call on society as a whole to leave no one in the dark as we emerge into the light. Do you want to join us in this campaign? We encourage you to share your own stories about the challenges you faced after the lockdown. How has the world changed for you and what do you think you can improve to ensure the well-being and inclusion of people living with sight loss during this new normal?

The Pakistan Foundation Fighting Blindness has also made elaborate plans to celebrate this international event. Several programs will be organized within this framework. PFFB will disseminate information through public awareness sessions and on major radio, print and electronic media to spread this cause. The PFFB has played an indispensable role in the search for a cure for degenerative diseases of the retina. PFFB has been helping visually impaired people to become productive members of society since 1988. In the year 2021-2022, PFFB, with the support of the Government of Pakistan and other donor organizations, was able to benefit 4291 visually impaired students throughout Pakistan through education services. , IT infrastructure support, online IT capacity building trainings, personality grooming and livelihoods, technical aids and troubleshooting, e-book digitization, internship opportunities, outreach and counselling.

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