We know that 2.2. billion people – a quarter of the world’s population – have a visual impairment. And nearly half of this visual impairment could have been prevented, or could still be avoided.
Without urgent and sustainable efforts, the number of people who are blind could reach 115 million by 2050. But this isn’t inevitable. On average, across all of Sightsavers’ programmes, it costs just $3 to $5 for a pair of prescription glasses.
Eye health is about more than just sight – it’s about a vision of the future. Good eye health has a ripple effect, improving education, economic and health outcomes. If the world’s eye care needs were met, the impact would be astounding.
Join us for World Sight Day on 13 October to take action, help raise awareness and support Sightsavers’ work to combat avoidable blindness.
On World Sight Day, Sightsavers launches its Eye Health Equals campaign to show the impact of eye health and ensure the world’s eye care needs are met.About the campaign
Hear first-hand how people’s lives have been transformed now that blinding trachoma has been eliminated in the country.Read the story
Shamima, who has hearing and speech impairments, was able to access vital treatment after her sister heard about Sightsavers’ free eye camps.
“My name is Dr Gladys Atto. I wanted to be a doctor since I was a child, and I am very proud to be an ophthalmologist and have an impact on people’s lives.”
Arif’s life changed when he had two cataract operations at five years old. We've been following his journey since then, from completing his education to finding work as a driver.