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Photo Contest Results, Diabetes Month, and an Optometry History Book

International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness recently announced the World Sight Day 2023 photo competition winners.




Photo Contest Results, Diabetes Month, and an Optometry History Book
2023 Professional Photo of the Year: The Artist. (India) Image by Santanu Bose courtesy of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB).

The winners of the World Sight Day 2023 Photo Competition were announced earlier this month.

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) has conducted the competition annually since 2015. A panel of judges was tasked with selecting finalists and winners from thousands of entries from around the world.

Santanu Bose took this year’s winning Professional Photo of the Year for “The Artist.” Marisa Martins Armada won the Amateur Photo of the Year for “The Smile of Happiness.”

“The success of this year’s photo competition mirrors the enthusiasm we witnessed for World Sight Day – the global celebrations around the Love Your Eyes campaign were truly awe-inspiring,” says Simon Darvill, Director of Communications, Campaigns and Events for IAPB. “The photo competition, a yearly highlight, is an extension of that spirit. Which is evident in the quality of submissions.”

We will have more on this year’s winners and all the finalists in a photo gallery later this week.

The IAPB World Sight Day Photo Competition is made possible with support from Bayer. The competition is part of the #LoveYourEyes, World Sight Day campaign.


Diabetes Awareness

November is Diabetes Awareness Month and Tuesday Nov. 14 is World Diabetes Day.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 38 million Americans have diabetes. That’s 1 in 10 people in the U.S.! Possibly even more worrisome, an estimated 96 million adults in the country (1 in 3) have prediabetes.

Diabetes is the eighth leading cause of death in the U.S., and the associated medical costs and economic impact of the chronic disease is estimated at well over $300 billion.

One of the most common diabetes-related complications is vision loss. Lighthouse Guild is doing its part to get the word out to address this concerning issue.

The most important step is to have regular physical exams and comprehensive dilated eye examinations,” says Dr. Laura Sperazza, Director of Low Vision Services at Lighthouse Guild. “Diabetic eye diseases, such as diabetic retinopathy, a serious eye disorder caused by damage to the blood vessels in the back of the eye, often have no symptoms in the early stages. By regularly monitoring eye health, treatment can begin as soon as signs of disease appear, helping to prevent vision loss.”

For more information and tips about diabetes for yourself or someone you love, go the Lighthouse Guild’s diabetes resource page.


Optometry book

Looking for something new to read or a gift idea for the eyecare professional in your life that seemingly has everything? Might we suggest an informative history book about optometry?

From Spectacle Making Trade to Scholarly Profession: A History of Optometry in the United States takes a wide lens view of the profession in the country. The book is being marketed as “The first comprehensive book on optometry history in more than 50 years.”

“The book is intended to give the reader an awareness and appreciation of some of the processes and persons responsible for optometry’s advancement from the trade, albeit an important one of spectacle making to its current standing as a strong scholarly profession,” says author Dr. David Goss. “It is aimed toward optometrists and optometry students, but others curious about optometry may wish to read about the profession’s proud history.”

Dr. Goss is an emeritus professor of optometry at Indiana University. He is the author or co-author of six books. He has served as the editor of Hindsight: Journal of Optometry History since 1995 and was editor of the Indiana Journal of Optometry from 1998 to 2014.

For more Dr. Goss’ latest book, click here. For more on Indiana University School of Optometry  click here.




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