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.
The statistics feature in the World Health Organization's first World Report on Vision, published ahead of World Sight Day.
A percentage from every pair of DIFF glasses sold will be donated to Sightsavers to fund its work to save sight around the world.
Sightsavers is launching a three-year programme to provide quality eye care to rural populations in the Morogoro and Singida regions.
A survey of civil society organisations, co-edited by Sightsavers, is being published this week during the Sustainable Development Goals summit at the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
A range of disability-inclusive dolls has been launched to teach children about disability, with 10 per cent of the sales from each doll donated to Sightsavers and other charities.
It has become the latest country to ratify the Marrakesh Treaty, which allows exceptions to standard copyright laws so books can be reproduced in braille and other accessible formats.
The video, introduced by newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky, includes a segment on Sightsavers' work to tackle schistosomiasis in Guinea-Bissau.
The Ascend programme, which Sightsavers is leading, aims to tackle six of the world’s worst diseases in 25 countries.