Eye Care Observances

Promote the importance of eye and vision care by participating in some or all of the observances listed below!
Date in 2021 Observances
January National Glaucoma Awareness Month
January 4 World Braille Day
January 24 International Day of Education
February 4 World Cancer Day
February 11 International Day of Women and Girls In Science
February AMD/Low Vision Awareness Month
March US Workplace Eye Wellness Month
March 8 International Women's Day
March 8-14 World Glaucoma Week
March 21 World Down Syndrome Day
March 23 World Optometry Day
March 26-30 World Optometry Week
April US Women's Eye Health and Safety Month
April 2 World Autism Awareness Day
April 7 World Health Day
April 19-25 US National Volunteer Week
April 28 World Day for Safety and Health at Work
May Healthy Vision Month
May US Ultraviolet Awareness Month
May 5 Save Lives: Clean Your Hands
May 12 International Day of the Nurse
May 12-18 National Women's Health Week
May 21 World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
May 31 World No Tobacco Day
June US Cataract Awareness Month
June 20 World Refugee Day
June-July US Fireworks Safety Month
August US Children's Eye Health and Safety Month
August 12 International Youth Day
August 19 World Humanitarian Day
August 20-24 Contact Lens Health Week
September US Sports Eye Safety Month
September 5 International Day of Charity
September 8 International Literacy Day
September 12 International Day for South-South Cooperation Day
October US Contact Lens Safety Month
October 1 International Day of Older Persons
October 10 World Mental Health Day
October 14 (always the 2nd Thursday of October) World Sight Day
October 15 International Day of Rural Women
October 17 International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
November US Diabetes-Related Eye Disease Month
November 14 World Diabetes Day
November 15 World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims
November 20 World Children's Day
December US Safe Toys and Gifts Month
December 3 International Day of Persons with Disabilities
December 5 International Volunteer Day
December 12 International Universal Health Coverage Day

Please note this list is not necessarily exhaustive, but provides an abbreviated list of those in alignment with VOSH outreach and positions. If you would like to add an observance or need more information, please contact us.

Updated COVID-19 and VOSH Humanitarian Clinics Advice

Due to an unprecedented surge in COVID-19 infections, a new variant that is more contagious, and these being early days in the vaccination distribution, VOSH/International DOES NOT recommend that chapters participate in domestic or international eye and vision clinics at this time.

We reiterate that at a time when the coronavirus continues to spread quickly in many parts of the world and vaccinations are not yet available to local populations, the risk of close contact with patients in a crowded outpatient environment remains high.

If a VOSH Chapter or VOSH volunteer chooses to hold a clinic against our best guidance, this is done at your own risk, by your own decision and should be in line with current local/national government rules.  VOSH/International would like to reiterate that safety for VOSH volunteers and our patients is of utmost importance and central to any decision-making process.

We have published our updated clinic guidelines with best practices to be observed in this new context.  You can download VOSH/International clinic guidelines here

Also please keep checking the following sites with official and most recent updates:

World Health Organisation: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

US CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/when-to-delay-travel.html

US Government Travel Advise: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/COVID-19-Country-Specific-Information.html

Thank you for your patience in these unprecedented times, hard work and dedication to improving vision and eye health throughout the world.

John Daniel Twelker, OD, PhD, FAAO, FVI

President, VOSH/International

January 2021