Leighton: Hi, I am Leighton Boyd, Chair of Retina Australia.
Josh: My name is Josh Ginpil and I’m one of the directors of Retina Australia. And this is my daughter, Violet.
Jane: My name is Jane, I’m on the board of Retina Australia and also living with Retinitis Pigmentosa.
Leighton: I’ve been living with Retinitis Pigmentosa for more than 60 years.
Josh: I was diagnosed with Best Disease along with several of my family members a couple of years ago.
Leighton: Retina Australia has supported many researchers. They are working to find treatments for inherited retinal diseases like mine
Jane: World Retina Day is a great opportunity to raise awareness and elevate the voices of those living with inherited retinal diseases, but also to promote the importance of good eye health for everyone.
Josh: It’s also about advocating for the vital research and treatments that will help us and hopefully the future generation not have to deal with the same things that we’ve gone through.
Jane: Use this World Retina Day as a reminder to book in for your regular eye check.
Leighton: And seek genetic testing if diagnosed with an inherited retinal disease.
Prioritise your own eye health
The first step is to prioritise your own eye health. We invite you to pledge to #LoveYourEyes.
- Take a photo with heart glasses and share on social media to raise awareness for World Sight Day. For more on how to create your own heart glasses, watch the video below from Retina Australia Director, Jane Cherry.
- Take the pledge to have an eyesight test and share on social media to encourage others to do the same.
Use the social hashtags #WorldSightDayAU #LoveYourEyes #WSD2023 #RetinaAustralia and tag @retinaaustralia so we can see you!
Engage your workplace
Love Your Eyes at Work is about helping people understand the importance of protecting their vision in the workplace and calling on business leaders to prioritise the eye health of workers.
At Retina Australia, we recently restructured our office which included the installation of additional lighting to minimise eye strain while at work.
- You can encourage your employer to make eye health initiatives standard practice to promote healthy eye habits for the well-being, safety and productivity of you and your co-workers.
- The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) has created a suite of Workplace Resources to assist you in initiating and supporting Love Your Eyes at Work. You can find these below, available to download.