Sophie Wessex visits school to promote issue which could ‘improve the lives of millions’

Sophie, the Countess of Wessex has shown her support for the #LoveYourEyes campaign, which encourages people to think about their own eye health. The Countess of Wessex is a global ambassador for the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB). 

The International Agency was founded in 1975 and it has over 150 members including NGOs and research institutions, who are working to prevent blindness.

Sophie visited Perseid School in London, a school working with children aged three to nineteen, who have educational needs, to see children having their eyes tested.

The #LoveYourEyes campaign for World Sight Day on October 14 is trying to encourage people to book an eye test.

Sophie said: “The key thing I have learnt with all my work from Vision 2020 and IAPB is that the vision sector has really come together over the years, especially for World Sight Day.

“What is really inspiring to see, is that best practices are so easily shared through IAPB.

“These best practices can hopefully influence everything else and improve the lives of millions around the world who have poor vision.”

Peter Holland, CEO of IAPB said: “The success of this year’s World Sight Day and our Love Your Eyes campaign has been unparalleled, and I’ve been delighted and proud of what we have done together.

“Every test pledged, every screening held, and every social media message sent has meant that we were able to reach more people than ever before with over three million pledging to love their eyes.”

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The young royal lived with the condition until she received corrective surgery.

The Countess told the Sunday Express how the experience impacted her daughter’s health.

She said: “Premature babies can often have squints because the eyes are the last thing in the baby package to really be finalised.”

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