Events for eye disease prevention have been held in about 30 Italian provinces during June and July 2018
About 30 Italian provinces have been involved in a eye disease prevention campaign promoted by the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness-IAPB Italy. In June and July 2018, the “Estate in vista” campaign (“Summer in Sight”) took place from the North to the South of the country, with various dates in the different locations.
The format – conceived in the spirit of lightheartedness and for the protection of sight – consisted of setting up information stations (gazebos) where brochures were distributed, holding informative meetings that were open to the public and, where possible, carrying out eye check-ups on board of Mobile Ophthalmology Units.
The initiatives initially proposed by IAPB Italy have been implemented and enriched by projects of the Committees and local sections, in harmony with the characteristics of the territory (sea, mountains, etc.), and with various summer events (on the beach or by a pool). Some video clips were also filmed (which can be found below).
Dr. Michele Corcio, Vice President of the Italian Branch of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness, explained:
The involvement of the holiday population and of bathing facilities was planned. It is important to speak, not in a banal way, of how to protect your eyes.
The individual projects were carried out locally by the local sections of the Italian Union of the Blind and the Visually Impaired (UICI), jointly with the IAPB Committees.
Provinces that participated in the 2018 edition were: AGRIGENTO, ALESSANDRIA, ANCONA, AREZZO, ASTI, BRINDISI, CALTANISSETTA, CAMPANIA, CAMPOBASSO, CATANZARO, CHIAVARI, COSENZA, CUNEO, FOGGIA, ISERNIA, L’AQUILA, LAZIO, LIVORNO, MASSA CARRARA, NAPLES, NOVARA, PALERMO, PERUGIA, PORDENONE, POTENZA, TERNI, TRENTINO, VIBO VALENTIA.