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UNSW PhD candidate creates video to share with patients for World Sight Day

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Mr Jeremy Chiang, a PhD candidate at the School of Optometry and Vision Science at UNSW, has created a short animated video to help the general public understand the importance of regular eye tests as part of World Sight Day 2021.

The awareness day – taking place Thursday 14 October under the theme #LoveYourEyes –  encourages people to protect their sight by getting their eyes checked. It is coordinated by the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB), developed to raise public awareness of preventable vision impairment and blindness as a global health issue.

In addition to his work at UNSW, Chiang is also a Science Communication Fellow with the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO). His video is titled: ‘The Treasure of Sight | Why You Should Get Your Eyes Checked’, and can be viewed below.

“I got the inspiration to do this ever since I came across educational videos like those from Ted-Ed and Kurzgesagt on YouTube,” he said.

“They present complex concepts in an engaging manner and I think that attracts people to learn even if they are not familiar with the particular topic. I believe we need more of that in eyecare; a way to educate the public about the complexities of eye health in a succinct and entertaining way.”

Chiang said the video could also be used by anyone, especially eyecare professionals, as a free tool to motivate their patients, friends and family to get their eyes tested regularly. He hopes to make more videos focusing on specific eye anatomy and diseases, including glaucoma and age-related macula degeneration in future.

To find out more about World Sight Day and how you can contribute, visit here.

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