World Sight Day

World Sight Day 2017 logoWorld 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:

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.

WSD Activities Report 2017

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You can download the World Sight Day 2017 Activities Report to see in detail, what took place where. We record 608 events from 115 countries. These include awareness events, seminars, launches, donation drives, rallies and online events. We have events from IAPB members, the WHO–even the Pope!

Download the report

IAPB Vision Atlas

Vision Atlas infographic with the totals of people with blindness and MSVIThe 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.


IAPB Photo Competition

Young boy with glasses in schoolThis year too, IAPB encourages amateur and professional photographers from around the world to take part in an International Photography Competition with theme, ‘Make Vision Count’.  Send us your pictures with the theme #MakeVisionCount by 12th October 2017.

IAPB is delighted that Bayer is helping sponsor the ‘Make Vision Count’ photo competition.


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

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Upcoming events

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10may - 12All DayEuropean Council of Optometry and Optics(ECOO) General Assembly

16jun - 19All DayWorld Ophthalmology Congress