The funding was announced by Richard Branson, via recorded video link, at the Global Citizen concert in Johannesburg on 2 December 2018.
The charity evaluator praised Sightsavers for its work treating children for parasitic infections, known as deworming.
The three-year SHIP programme will improve the lives of more than 76,000 children through vision screening and deworming treatment.
The new film, which introduces the organisation and its mission, features footage from Sightsavers’ programmes around the world and quotes from key staff.
Two of Sightsavers’ films have been nominated for the awards, which celebrate and reward the best fundraising films.
As Blue Peter celebrates its 60th birthday, we look back to the programme’s Sight Saver appeal in 1986, which raised money for our mobile eye units in Africa.
The optical group will give customers the chance to make a donation to Sightsavers to raise money and awareness for eye care projects worldwide.
Artists including Charlotte Kelly from Soul II Soul will perform at the charity concert on 11 October, with proceeds going to Sightsavers.
The project, which uses superhero characters to educate children about the spread of trachoma, will be introduced as part of efforts to fight the disease.