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World Sight Day
13 October 2019
An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day 13 of October, repeating indefinitely
Second Thursday in October every year: Raising awareness about the problems, prevention and treatment of blindness.
World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment.
In 2017 the call to action was Make Vision Count
- Approximately 285 million people worldwide live with low vision and blindness
- Of these, 39 million people are blind and 246 million have moderate or severe visual impairment
- 90% of blind people live in low-income countries
- Yet 80% of visual impairment is avoidable – i.e. readily treatable and/or preventable
- Restorations of sight, and blindness prevention strategies are among the most cost-effective interventions in health care
- The number of people blind from infectious causes has greatly reduced in the past 20 years
- An estimated 19 million children are visually impaired
- About 65 % of all people who are visually impaired are aged 50 and older, while this age group comprises only 20% of the world’s population
- Increasing elderly populations in many countries mean that more people will be at risk of age-related visual impairment.
Find out more on the World Sight Day web page.
IAPB (the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness) encourage amateur and professional photographers from around the world to take part in an International Photography Competition with theme, ‘Make Vision Count’. Send your pictures with the theme #MakeVisionCount and case your vote by 12th October 2017.
Think Global worked with RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People), to update and develop resources for the ‘Dots Raise Lots’ campaign. The 2018 campaign is running in May and is designed to help young people and schools learn more about sight loss and help spread awareness of the value of braille as a reading method for blind and partially sighted people.
The new resources can be found and downloaded for free from the RNIB website.