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World Sight Day October 13th 2011

Surely the most precious thing to a photographer is their sight. Today is World Sight Day, here is a little information

World Sight Day 2011 (WSD11) has the official, global date of the second Thursday inOctober, which this year falls on the 13th. It will be marked by organisations and institutions around the world, in many different ways, on or around that date.

An estimated 284 million people worldwide are visually impaired, yet 80% of cases are due to causes which could have been prevented, treated or cured. 90% of blind people live in developing countries, and this needless waste costs individuals, families and communities billions of dollars every year. There is much more about this on the WSD website, here is the link

Sophie Gerrard is a photographer who is an award winning documentary photographer specialising in contemporary environmental and social issues.  She has had many exhibitions and awards in a relatively short career, currently she has an exhibition at the Royal Society of Medicine called Protectors of Sight

Phil Coomes of the BBC says this in his article

” A desire to inform and a passion for people is what leads many to a career in documentary photography and Sophie Gerrard ticks all the boxes.

Today is World Sight Day so I thought it timely to take a look at her latest project which is on show at the Royal Society of Medicine in London and looks at the work of the Akhand Jyoti Eye Hospital (AJEH) in Bihar, India, which currently cures the sight of more than 100 people every day.”

If you can see these pictures think yourself lucky