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WHO launches WHOeyes app on World Sight Day

The app checks visual acuity – a measure of how well the eye can distinguish shapes and details at a given distance and is the most common assessment of visual function

The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched ‘WHOeyes’, a free app for the general public to check how well they can see things close up and at a distance and learn how they can protect their eyes.

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The app checks visual acuity – a measure of how well the eye can distinguish shapes and details at a given distance and is the most common assessment of visual function. It is a simple, non-invasive measure, which is critical to determine if someone has a vision impairment. Many people with vision loss are unaware of it. Regular vision checks can ensure that vision impairment is identified as early as possible, and that action can be taken to preserve eyesight.

Understanding that engaging the public is pivotal to advancing the demand for eye care services, WHOeyes targets the entire population aged over eight years. WHOeyes does not replace the need for regular eye checks by an eye care professional, and its primary objective is to encourage people to seek out eye care. If you suspect you have vision loss, please seek the advice of a qualified professional.

“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.”

 

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