2020 Eye Care Observances

2020 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 Dr. Susan Cooper, WCO Interim Managing Director at managingdirector@worldoptometry.org.

 January Glaucoma Awareness Month

World Braille Day: January 4
Celebrates the birthday of Louis Braille

 February Age-Related Macular Degeneration/Low Vision Awareness Month
March Brain Injury Awareness Month

Save Your Vision Month

International Women’s Day
March 8

World Glaucoma Week
March 8-14

World Optometry Day
March 23

World Optometry Week
March 23-27

American Diabetes Association Alert Day®: March 24 (Fourth Tuesday of March)

 April Women’s Eye Health & Safety Month


World Health Day
(anniversary of its founding in 1948 – annual observance) – April 7

 May Healthy Vision MonthMyopia Awareness Week – Dates TBD for 2020

North American Occupational Safety and Health Week (annual observance, first full week of May) – May 3-9 

SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands
(annual observance) May 5

National Women’s Health Week (annual observance, begins on Mother’s Day each year) May 10-16

World No Tobacco Day
(annual observance) May 31

June Cataract Awareness Month

Fireworks Eye Safety Month

World Allergy Week June 28 – July 4

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

National Children’s Vision and Learning Month

Contact Lens Health Week (August dates TBD)

September Healthy Aging Month®Sports Eye Safety Month
 October Eye Injury Prevention MonthHome Eye Safety Month

World Sight Day  (2nd Thursday of October) October 8

 November American Diabetes Month®Diabetic Eye Disease Month
December Safe Toys & Gifts Month