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 2019 is on 10 October 2019.
2019 is the last year of the WHO Global Action Plan and IAPB encourages our members and partners to continue with our rolling theme:
This year, the ‘Call to Action‘ for World Sight Day is:
WSD is co-ordinated by IAPB. The theme, and certain core materials are generated by IAPB. All events are organised independently by members and supporter organisations.
IAPB Vision Atlas
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 2018, the Atlas will have updated country data. The Atlas is the best source of information on the prevalence of vision impairment for every country from 1990 to 2015, with projections to 2020. It also hosts additional maps for the 21 GBD Regions showing Causes and the numbers affected by Near-Vision Loss.
Eye Inspire microsite: http://eyeinspire.iapb.org
WSD18 Activities Report
Download the World Sight Day 2018 Activities Report where we record 853 events from 149 countries. These include awareness events, seminars, launches, donation drives, rallies and online events.
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
International Key Messages
- 36 million people who are blind
- 217 million people with moderate or severe distance vision impairment
- Of those with blindness and MSVI, 124 million people have uncorrected refractive errors and 65 million have cataract—more than 75% of all blindness and MSVI is avoidable
- 253 million people blind or vision impaired (in 2015)
- 1 billion people with near-vision impairment
- The prevalence of blindness and vision impairment combined has dropped from 4.58% in 1990 to 3.37% in 2015.
- 89% of vision impaired people live in low and middle-income countries
- 55% of moderate or severely vision impaired people are women