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