But 75 per cent of sight loss can be cured or prevented.
World Sight Day raises awareness of visual impairments and calls on the international community to work to eliminate avoidable blindness. The global event first took place in 2000: this year it falls on 11 October 2018 and the theme is #EyeCareEverywhere, to draw attention to the issues involved in accessing eye care across the world.
It’s thought that 89 per cent of people with visual impairments live in low and middle income countries, where it can be hard to see a doctor or be treated. About 1.2 billion people need spectacles but cannot get them.
Sightsavers works in more than 30 countries to ensure everyone can access the eye care they need, whether it’s diagnosis, surgery, glasses, medication or support.
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