2017 Eye Care Observances

2017 Eye Care Observances

Promote the importance of eye and vision care by participating in some or all of the observances listed below. Please note this list is not necessarily exhaustive, but provides an abbreviated list of those in alignment with WCO outreach and positions. If you need more information, please contact Sue Chiles, WCO Managing Director at sue.chiles@worldoptometry.org.

 January World Braille Day: January 4
Celebrates the birthday of Louis BrailleGlaucoma Awareness Month
 February Age-Related Macular Degeneration/Low Vision Awareness Month
March Brain Injury Awareness Month

American Diabetes Association Alert Day® (Fourth Tuesday of March)

Save Your Vision Month

International Women’s Day
March 8

World Glaucoma Week
March 12-18

World Optometry Day
March 23

World Optometry Week
March 27-31

 April World Allergy Week
April 2-8 (annual observance)Women’s Eye Health & Safety MonthWorld Health Day (anniversary of its founding in 1948 – annual observance: April 7)
 May  

North American Occupational Safety and Health Week (annual observance, first full week of May)
 SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands
(annual observance: May 5)
National Women’s Health Week (annual observance, begins on Mother’s Day each year)
 World No Tobacco Day
(annual observance: May 31)Healthy Vision Month
June Cataract Awareness Month

Fireworks Eye Safety Month

 July UV Safety Month
August Children’s Eye Health & Safety Month

Contact Lens Health Week (August dates TBD)

National Children’s Vision and Learning Month

September Healthy Aging Month®

Sports Eye Safety Month

 October Eye Injury Prevention Month

Home Eye Safety Month

World Sight Day (2nd Thursday of October)

 November American Diabetes Month®

Diabetic Eye Disease Month

December Safe Toys & Gifts Month