A walkathon was organised at Cubbon Park here to mark World Sight Day on Thursday.

It was jointly organised by the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS), the State Health Department, Minto Ophthalmic Hospital, Lions Club International and Bangalore West Lions Eye Super-Speciality Hospital.

World Sight Day is observed on the second Thursday of October to draw global attention to vision impairment. This year’s theme is Universal Eye Health.

Health Minister U.T. Khader, who flagged off the walkathon from City Central Library in Cubbon Park, said the government would hold eye-screening camps for all schoolchildren. Following the screening, spectacles would be provided to those diagnosed with problems, the Minister said.

To mark the day, Sankara Eye Hospital in association with Samara Society-Yeshwanthpur, a sexual minorities’ rights organisation, held an eye-care programme for over 150 people from the sexual minorities’ community in the city. RGUHS Vice-Chancellor K.S. Sriprakash, who was earlier the Medical Superintendent of the state-run Minto Ophthalmic Hospital, said India is home to 12 million people with blindness. “Nearly 80 per cent of this is curable or preventable blindness. Early detection is vital,” he added.