Following simple steps can help decision-makers and donors to improve the system further, helping millions of people in need of eye care services in rural areas.
Before the Sightsavers eye health programme in the Sundarbans started, one in every 40 people over the age of 50 in the region was blind. Today, that number has dropped to one in 80.
The accolades, awarded by the IAPB, recognise eight young and upcoming leaders who are making a difference in eye health.
Sightsavers' Kate McCoy spent three days at a noisy roadside truck stop to see how Sightsavers is helping truck drivers to get the vital eye treatment they need.
The statistics feature in the World Health Organization's first World Report on Vision, published ahead of World Sight Day.