World Sight Day—the most important advocacy and communications day in the eye health calendar—is on 8 October 2020. When was the last time you got an eye exam? Your family, friends and colleagues? This World Sight Day, let’s pledge to take an eye exam—and encourage others to do the same! We have the data and evidence. We also have projections into the future–an ageing world population, myopia and diabetic retinopathy are set to increase vision impairment in the coming decades.
Cataract, refractive errors, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, AMD, ROP—eye care issues impact every age group and their well-being. What’s the first thing you can do? Plan for an eye examination. Look around in your family, especially for those who are vulnerable: young, school-going children, the elderly, those with diabetes.
Download the WSD19 Activities Report to see how the world marked World Sight Day in 2019!
This year’s call to action is:
Hope In Sight
More than a billion people cannot see well, because they don’t have access to glasses. Over 3 out of 4 of the world’s vision impaired are avoidably so. What can be done to arrest this unconscionable fact? First, arm yourself with your country’s prevalence data and Eye Health system information–the number of trained eye health personnel, your country’s plans to tackle blindness.
This World Sight Day, let’s find the solutions to ensure that everyone, everywhere has access to sight. Let’s pledge to spread the message of #HopeInSight
World Sight Day and COVID-19
Please take adequate precautions and strictly follow government guidelines for your location when planning media events for WSD. Plan for online events and try to engage media with resources that can be accessed without risking crowding, contact, or any potential to spread COVID-19. Take care!
WSD19 Activities Report
Download the World Sight Day 2019 Activities Report where we record over 200 member events from 48 countries. These include awareness events, seminars, launches, donation drives, rallies and online events.
Eye Inspire microsite: http://eyeinspire.iapb.org
IAPB Photo Competition
This year too, IAPB and Bayer are encouraging amateur and professional photographers from around the world to take part in an International Photography Competition with theme, ‘HopeInSight’. Send us your pictures with the theme #HopeInSight by 8th October 2020.
Photo competition microsite: http://photocomp.iapb.org
Key decision makers, policymakers, government officials, patients, partners/donors and the wider health community (referral networks like diabetes groups, for example) can be invited to participate in WSD celebrations (virtual ones if that is what your country guidelines are; keeping safety first and foremost). Remind them about what they can do to address vision issues in the community, and make them take a public commitment on World Sight Day! Better still, recognise (small or large) acts of support from these stakeholders and celebrate them on World Sight Day. More than 70 WHO Member States now observe and promote World Sight Day (with WHO support) through the provision of critical evidence, strategic communications and infographics.
Areas of Focus
WSD Promotional material
For media queries, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo credit: Young boy submitted by Gregor Kuntscher for the #VisionFirst Photo Competition