South African Optometric Association (SAOA)- Big Walk for Sight

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September 19, 2023
12th October - World Sight Day

“At least 2.2 billion people have vision impairment or blindness, of which over 1 billion cases could have been prevented or have yet to be addressed”. World Health Organisation (WHO).

The South African Optometric Society (SAOA) BIG WALK FOR SIGHT

World Sight Day is on Thursday, 12th October 2023. The aim of the SAOA Big Walk for Sight is to focus attention on the importance of eye care in the workplace. Together, we will encourage employers to make eye health initiatives standard practice and promote eye health habits that will benefit the well-being, safety, and productivity of millions of employees.

The first step, literally, is prioritising your own eye health, and we invite employers and employees, sighted and visually impaired, to pledge to #LoveYourEyes and participate in the SAOA Big Walk for Sight.

Meerendal Wine Estate is a magnificent venue with picturesque walking trails, well known as a bikers and hikers paradise, and which has hosted large events such as KFM Day.


The Big Walk will take place from 10:00-14:00 at Meerendal Wine Estate, Visserhok Rd, Durbanville, Cape Town

GPS coordinates: 33.7990° S, 18.6240° E

The Big Walk is a sobering reminder that the beauty of our surroundings, such as the Meerendal walking trail, is in the eyes of the beholders, but only if the beholders have healthy vision.

Donations can be made, on a voluntary basis to:

Retina SA:

SA Guide Dogs:


Should you have any queries, or require additional information, contact the SAOA office on 011 805 4517 during office hours or

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