It’s Eye Care Awareness Week and what a busy and exciting time for all of us at the practice. During the week we have been involved with Jonga Trust, Ster Kinekor, Lions International, Rotary Club Durbanville, Transitions Optical and Liquid Lingo in special projects to provide over 300 pairs of spectacle to school going children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The Jonga Eye Care Screeners and Johann and Basil have been running around the Cape peninsula over the last month to screen and test the eyes of over 2500 children. The children needing correction are all receiving their new glasses this week courtesy of Ster Kinekor through their Mission Vision initiative, Lions Tokai, Lions District 410A and Rotary Durbanville.

Thursday is an extra special day during the Eye Care Awareness Week as it is also World Sight Day. World Sight Day is a global initiative by the World Health Organisation to focus attention on blindness, visual impairment and vision rehabilitation. It is also the main advocacy event for the prevention of blindness and for “Vision 2020: The Right to Sight”, a global effort to prevent blindness created by WHO and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness.

Thursday was also a particular exciting day for me as it marked my TV debut! For World Sight Day I was interviewed by Dr Michael Mol for the morning breakfast show, Expresso, which airs on SABC 3 in the mornings. The interview was scheduled for 6h30 in the morning! …It’s a breakfast show after all. Apparently the Expresso crew reports for duty at 03h00 each morning, that’s the time that most of us are only going to bed.

Set of Expresso morning TV show

Set of Expresso morning TV show

I must be honest I was a bit nervous for the interview, but once the butterflies subsided I really started enjoying the lime light. Michael is an awesome interviewer and he made me feel right at home. And ladies, yes, he is a real charmer, but a real nice down to earth charmer; I wouldn’t mind my daughter dating him.

The Interview was all about World Sight Day and the importance of looking after your sight. We talked about UV protection and wearing good quality sunglasses, which is especially important for our children. Each child should be wearing sunglasses as their eyes are more at risk of sustaining UV damage than adult eyes. We also talked about computer screens and the effect of Computer Visual Terminal Stress (VTS) on the eyes and the body as well as the effect of Presbyopia (short arm syndrome) and why people over 42 have difficulty reading small objects. The interview ended with Dr Mol reminding all the viewers to have their eyes tested every year.

Later the afternoon I had another interview. This time with Martelize Brink form Radio RSG. This is the second time I had the opportunity to talk to her over the radio about eye care. She is another unsung hero of South African celebrities and an awesome role model for young woman and men alike.

With Martelize I had the opportunity to talk more about Jonga Trusts’ activities during Eye Care Awareness Week as well as promoting eye health for World Sight Day.

For everybody who was involved in Eye Care Awareness week, thank you for making a difference in the lives of all the people who received sight during this week.