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World Sight Day

World Sight Day (WSD) is an annual day of awareness held on the second Thursday of October, to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment. World Sight Day 2017 is on 12 October 2017.

2017 is the fifth year of the WHO Global Action Plan and IAPB encourages our members and partners to continue with our rolling theme:

Universe eye health

Universal Eye Health

This year, the ‘Call to Action‘ for World Sight Day is:

Make Vision Count

WSD is co-ordinated by IAPB under the VISION 2020 Global Initiative. The theme, and certain core materials are generated by IAPB. All events are organised independently by members and supporter organisations.

The IAPB Vision Atlas website is a compilation of the very latest data and evidence related to avoidable blindness and vision impairment. On World Sight Day 2017, the Atlas will have updated prevalence maps with data for every country from 1990 to 2015, with projections to 2020. It will also host additional maps for the 21 GBD Regions showing Causes and the numbers affected by Near-Vision Loss.

an eye over the world map

Visit: http://atlas.iapb.org

On World Sight Day, IAPB members work together to:

  • Raise public awareness of blindness & vision impairment as major international public health issues
  • Influence Governments/Ministers of Health to participate in and designate funds for national blindness prevention programmes
  • Educate target audiences about blindness prevention,  about VISION 2020 and to generate support for VISION 2020 programme activities
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International Key Messages

  • Approximately 285 million people worldwide live with low vision and blindness
  • Of these, 39 million people are blind and 246 million have moderate or severe visual impairment
  • 90% of blind people live in low-income countries
  • Yet 80% of visual impairment is avoidable – i.e. readily treatable and/or preventable
  • Restorations of sight, and blindness prevention strategies are among the most cost-effective interventions in health care
  • The number of people blind from infectious causes has greatly reduced in the past 20 years
  • An estimated 19 million children are visually impaired
  • About 65 % of all people who are visually impaired are aged 50 and older, while this age group comprises only 20% of the world’s population
  • Increasing elderly populations in many countries mean that more people will be at risk of age-related visual impairment.