World Sight Day

Join Sightsavers each year in October to celebrate the importance of sight and raise awareness of visual impairment.

A man looks into the camera and smiles: one of his eyes is red after treatment for trachoma.

World Sight Day, held each year in October, is an annual event to raise awareness of the importance of good eye care around the globe.

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.

Globally, $410 billion is lost in productivity each year because of visual impairment and blindness. But on average, across all of Sightsavers’ programmes in Africa and Asia, it costs just $3 to $5 for a pair of prescription glasses – a simple solution that has been proven to lead to a significant increase in potential earnings. This solution can change someone’s life.

If we are to tackle the global eye health crisis, everyone counts and everyone has a part to play. What’s yours?

The next World Sight Day will take place on Thursday 13 October 2022: join us to take action, help raise awareness and support Sightsavers’ work to combat avoidable blindness.

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On World Sight Day, get involved on social media

A selfie of Sightsavers staff member Dickson Charles wearing his glasses.

1. Snap a selfie

Snap a selfie wearing your favourite pair of glasses, then post your photo on social media using the message we've suggested here. Don’t forget to tag @Sightsavers!

Click to tweet text with your selfie or share on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.

A collage of images featuring men, women and children wearing glasses.

2. Share our message

One day. One #GlassesSelfie.
One mission: to #EndAvoidableBlindness.
2.2 billion of us have a visual impairment. This #WorldSightDay, we can all play our part and tackle the global eye health crisis. I support @Sightsavers. Will you? #EveryoneCounts

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Three boys, one with visual impairments, smile and link arms in their school playground in Mali.

Learn how we protect sight around the world

Sightsavers works in more than 30 countries to prevent avoidable blindness and fight for the rights of people with disabilities. About Sightsavers

Watch our video below to see what we’re doing to tackle the global eye health crisis, and how our work is making a difference.

Your gift can help us change lives on World Sight Day