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.
Sightsavers is launching a three-year programme to provide quality eye care to rural populations in the Morogoro and Singida regions.
Broadcaster Fiona Phillips, TV doctor Dr Sara Kayat and celebrity make-up artist Ruby Hammer tried the simulator as part of a push to raise awareness about sight loss.
Mr Aahiswar is head teacher at Rangai Middle School in central India. He has been trained to screen students for vision problems so children can get the life-changing help they need.