Since 2012, APAO has organized its Asia-Pacific Eye Care Week in order to raise public awareness about eye care and eye health in the region. Additionally, the Asia-Pacific Eye Care Week is one way in which APAO supports the World Health Organization’s VISION 2020 initiative.
Each Asia-Pacific Eye Care week features two distinct ophthalmic themes chosen by the APAO Public Education Standing Committee and the APAO Central Secretariat. Based on the selected themes, two of APAO’s Subspecialty Member Societies help prepare educational materials for the Asia-Pacific Eye Care Week, which are freely available online and can be adapted as needed.
APAO encourages all its member societies to participate in the Asia-Pacific Eye Care Week in a manner appropriate to their local institutions and people. The following activities are just a few examples of ways to take part:
- Organize a screening event at a local institute/hospital
- Give lectures to patient support groups or the general public
- Appear on radio or TV shows to discuss eye diseases or answer questions
- Contact newspapers to publish information about eye care and eye health
Over the years, the Asia-Pacific Eye Care Week has seen increased interest and participation. With the support of more and more individuals and organizations, APAO hopes to extend the right to sight to everyone in the Asia-Pacific region.