Becky over at UK parenting blog Baby Budgeting asked me what my sight means to me, you can read Becky’s post here.
Well, my Grandma always used to say
I’ve got my beady eye on you.
My brother took this to mean she had something special about her eye. Really it was just a turn of phrase, her warm way of saying I am watching you cheeky grandchildren, behave!
But Grandma did in fact have something special about her eyes, she developed glaucoma with age, and although regular eye tests kept it in check, it did affect her vision in later life.
So I am always reminded to have regular eye tests and when they ask me if glaucoma is in my family I always think of my Grandma having her beady eye on me.
We’re lucky to have access to these services. Both my kids had eye tests recently, with her new glasses my daughter is able to make more leaps on with her reading.
Its not like that in the world’s poorest countries.
80 per cent of all blindness could be prevented or cured. That’s over 31 million people, most of whom live in the poorest countries in the world who go blind unnecessarily. And with poverty being both a cause and effect of blindness, a cycle is created that can be hard for communities to break out of.
How can you help?
SightSavers can break this cycle with straightforward operations costing £8-£28 or annual doses of antibiotics costing 7p-35p per person. If you’re moved to give someone their sight please visit Sight Savers.
If you can’t afford to donate perhaps you could share this post, how incredible if doing so led to someone getting their sight back? #mysight @sightsavers