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The problem

There are 39 million blind people in the world, but 80 per cent of blindness could be prevented or cured. That’s 31.2 million people who are blind when it could have been avoided.

Shocked at how unfair this is? So are we. But you can help us do something about it.

We want to eliminate avoidable blindness and support people who are irreversibly blind or disabled to live independently.

Find out what we’re doing about it

How we’re doing

How you can help


people around the world are blind


of this can be cured or prevented


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World Sight Day: what’s the #ValueOfSight?

08 October 2015

This World Sight Day, Sightsavers is conducting a sight survey - we want to know how you feel about your sight, and what sort of value you put on it. Continue reading

A woman with a bandage over her right eye

Miracles in Tanzania: we blog for Virgin Unite

08 October 2015

This week Sightsavers' Carol Casey blogs for Virgin Unite about her experience of seeing cataract surgery change lives in Tanzania. Continue reading

Sightsavers' CEO Dr Caroline Harper.

World Sight Day: Sightsavers’ CEO on the radio!

08 October 2015

To mark World Sight Day today, Insight Radio has interviewed Dr Caroline Harper, CEO of Sightsavers. Continue reading

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Scientists win Nobel prize for river blindness discovery

05 October 2015

Scientists William C Campbell and Satoshi Ōmura – who together discovered a drug avermectin, the derivatives of which are used to treat and prevent river blindness – have been awarded the Nobel Prize for medicine. Continue reading


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