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World Health Organization launches the WHOeyes app

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has marked World Sight Day by launching the “WHOeyes” app, aimed at helping the general public assess their vision and understand the importance of eye care. Globally, over 2.2 billion people suffer from vision impairments, with at least 1 billion cases preventable or treatable with spectacles or cataract surgery. Poor vision has a substantial impact on global workplace productivity, with an estimated $411 billion lost due to this issue.

How does the WHOeyes App Work

The WHOeyes app checks visual acuity, a key measure of how well the eye can perceive shapes and details at different distances. It provides a simple, non-invasive way for individuals to assess their vision and understand if they may have a vision impairment. Early identification of vision problems is crucial, as many people may not realize they have vision loss. While the app does not replace professional eye checks, it serves as a valuable tool to encourage people to seek eye care when necessary.

The WHOeyes app is available in six UN languages and can be downloaded for free on both the Apple App Store and Google Play, targeting individuals over eight years old.

“The WHOeyes app can help people quickly and easily identify potential vision issues that merit further checking by a qualified professional,” said Dr Bente Mikkelsen, WHO Director for Noncommunicable Diseases. “We decided to share this simple eye test and quick tips for eye care on an app, as people use their phones daily, and many people are unaware that they have a vision problem until it is too late.”

This initiative highlighted the global significance of World Sight Day, which falls on the second Thursday of October each year. By using a smartphone app, WHO aims to engage the public and promote the importance of eye care services. Early detection and intervention can help prevent vision loss, pointing to the importance of regular eye check-ups and the potential benefits of the WHOeyes app.
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