World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment, and is held on 11th October each year.
Established by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2000, World Sight Day is the main advocacy event for raising awareness about blindness and vision impairment for VISION 2020: The Right to Sight, a global initiative created by WHO and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB).
IAPB encourages our members and partners to continue using the WHO Global Action Plan’s rolling theme: Universal Eye Health This year, the call to action for World Sight Day is: Eyecare Everywhere!
- 89% of vision impaired people live in low and middle-income countries and 55% of vision impaired people are women.
- The prevalence of vision loss trebles with each decade over the age of 40.
- 90% of blindness & vision impairment is preventable or treatable if it’s detected early enough.
- #75% of blindness and vision impairment is avoidable.