WSD 2008

WSD08 – Eyes on the Future

80% of people living with blindness are over 50. But three-quarters of blindness is needless — it could have been prevented, treated or cured. Just because you’re getting older doesn’t mean you have to lose your sight.

Global Key Messages for World Sight Day 2008

  • 75% of blindness is avoidable
  • The world’s populations are ageing
  • Risks of cataract, age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy dramatically increase with age
  • 80% of blind people are over 50 y.o.
  • Healthy eyes help active ageing, which helps older people live longer
  • Timely intervention can preserve sight, so get your eyes tested regularly!
  • Latest Planning for World Sight Day , 9th October 2008

World Sight Day 2008 (WSD08) focuses on the ageing eye, and vision impairment in older people. The headline Eyes on the Future, and strapline – fighting vision impairment in later life recognises that in a world where populations are aging, and individuals are living longer, blindness from chronic conditions is also rising.

Members and supporting organisations are encouraged to append their own specific message to this headline.

This year’s materials will include:


  • The World Sight Day 2008 Report, which highlights an international selection of VISION 2020 programmes addressing eye health in older people
  • A booklet of personal stories, describing the way VISION 2020 interventions have had positive impacts on the lives of older people
  • World Sight Day 2008 posters
  • Colourful bookmarks