The charity day is held each year on 11 September to commemorate those who died in the attack on the World Trade Center in New York.
The award recognises Dr Robert Chappell’s contribution to eye care, and was presented during a ceremony in Hyderabad.
The prestigious António Champalimaud Vision Award recognises groups that work to prevent and alleviate blindness in developing countries.
The Education for All project will focus on girls with disabilities, who are often excluded because of prejudice or a lack of funding.
The Sheikh Zayed Regional Eye Care Centre in The Gambia marked the occasion with an event to celebrate its success providing eye health services.
Two more areas and more than a million people in the country have met the World Health Organization criteria for elimination of the disease.
An author whose brother died in a plane crash in 1961 has written a book to investigate the tragedy, with royalties donated to charities including Sightsavers.
Sightsavers has launched its annual Specs Appeal eBay auction, giving fans the opportunity to bid on specs donated by celebrities.
Sightsavers co-hosted and took part in a side event at the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development held at the United Nations in New York.