Tomorrow is World Sight Day!

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

Tomorrow is World Sight Day. Image courtesy Desiree Murray, World Sight Day 2016, Trindad and TobagoThe world is gearing up to celebrate World Sight Day tomorrow (12 October 2017)–a day to mark our successes and celebrate the restoration of sight in the millions. World Sight Day is also when we celebrate our efforts to ensure that those with irreversible vision loss live life to the fullest.

Do you have all that you need to mark World Sight Day? If you want to quickly download promotional material, or need help with putting together a press kit, or need ideas for social media messaging, we have you covered. You can download the World Sight Day logo–in multiple languages. Do you need ideas for how to celebrate World Sight Day? No problem; look at the events from around the world last year–over 300–and see what works for you.

Tomorrow is World Sight Day–and what is IAPB doing?

IAPB Vision Atlas

Vision Atlas infographic with the totals of people with blindness and MSVI

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

Young boy with glasses in school
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, ‘Make Vision Count’.  Send us your pictures with the theme #MakeVisionCount by 12th October 2017.

Photo competition microsite:

Eye Inspire

Eye Inspire screenshot
This year, listen to some of the best minds in eye care talk about the research and key scientific achievements that made their name—and get inspired.

Eye Inspire microsite:

We are sharing your #WorldSightDay stories on our Facebook page and your WSD tweets on Twitter–join us there. And don’t forget to use #MakeVisionCount!

If you need more information on World Sight Day, please visit our WSD17 page. Do send us a report of your activities–and photos–at

Happy World Sight Day!

Image courtesy Desiree Murray, World Sight Day 2016, Trindad and Tobago.