Optometry Australia is rallying the optometry and eye health sector to declare its support for the year 2020 as the Year of Good Vision for Life.
Optometry Australia CEO Lyn Brodie said: ‘With 20/20 being a well-known term often attributed to perfect vision, and good vision a key factor for living a healthy, happy life, the year 2020 represents a significant one-off opportunity to focus attention on eye health.
‘Our sector is very active in raising awareness of the various eye conditions and diseases and promoting the retail aspect of optometry.
‘We would like to maximise the momentum of these campaigns to unite all aspects of optometry behind the Year of Good Vision for Life theme so that we can deliver a consistent, united and powerful message to all Australians about eye health management and the need to see an optometrist regularly throughout life.
‘2020 offers the perfect catalyst to achieve this sector-wide positioning during what is a once-off, never-to-be-repeated, 12-month period.’
Ms Brodie said vision problems and eye disease can occur at any age which is why regular eye examinations with an optometrist are important.
‘Almost half of Australia’s population suffer from vision or eye-related health issues with evidence highlighting that 90 per cent of these issues are preventable or avoidable if detected early enough,’ she said.
Ms Brodie said Optometry Australia would use its learnings from its successful Good vision for life awareness campaign to help position the 2020 theme.
‘Since its launch in September 2016, the campaign has motivated more than 2.3 million Australians to visit an optometrist,’ she said.
‘We know that consumers respond well to the Good vision for life message and that it provides a solid foundation to launch a year-long optometry-wide awareness program in 2020.’
Optometry Australia believes it is important to leverage current aligned eye health campaigns led by other organisations in the sector – such as glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetes – and develop new creative approaches to highlight awareness of other major eye conditions and vision problems not currently addressed by existing programs.