World Braille Day is an annual event held on the 4th January. As well as raising awareness about the importance of eye examinations and blindness, the day marks the birthday of Louis Braille, the inventor of the Braille reading and writing system.
When he was just three years old, a young Frenchman named Louis Braille lost his sight. However, Louis was an intelligent young boy – at school he learnt the cello and organ – and when he was 15 years old, he invented his reading and writing system.
Using just six raised dots on a piece of paper, Louis changed the lives of the blind forever, enabling them to learn using their fingertips. Unfortunately, Louis’ invention wasn’t officially recognised until two years after his death.
Today, we are fortunate enough to have Braille available to us quite easily. Our children can access it in schools, most organisations offer Braille information leaflets, and there are lots of books available to us in Braille too.
World Braille Day recognises the revolutionary advancement Louis made for those who are blind or visually impaired. Braille has given those with poor vision the opportunity to learn and without it, many would live their lives completely illiterate.
As a result of World Braille Day, here at Eye Emporium we would like to remind you of the importance of having your eyes tested regularly. The majority of eye conditions don’t have any obvious symptoms and left to develop could go on to cause permanent damage to your vision.
We strongly advise you have your eyes tested once a year to ensure they’re in great health. If you already have impaired vision, you should speak to our experts about the vision aids available to make your life easier.
To book an appointment to see one of our friendly professionals, please don’t hesitate to contact us by calling 0800 020 9202.