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World Sight Day

On Thursday 8 October 2020, join us in celebrating how priceless our eyes are.

Five-year-old Saidi smiles while sitting on his father's lap following cataract surgery.

This World Sight Day we’re celebrating how priceless our sight is and the huge impact a simple, cost-effective solution such as glasses can have.

We know that 2.2. billion people have a visual impairment – that’s a quarter of the world’s population – and that the number of people affected in low and middle income countries is four times higher than in high income countries. The inequalities are huge.

Globally, $244 billion is lost in productivity due to unaddressed myopia (short-sightedness), a common refractive error. 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 which can not only change someone’s entire life, but has also been proven to lead to a significant increase in potential earnings.

Eye care really is a good investment. As Julian Burnett, vice-president of global markets at IBM UK, says: “Imagine the impact on productivity if we refused to let any of our colleagues wear their glasses, even for just a week?”

Find out about our work to improve access to eye health for everyone below.

Screenshot of people raising their glasses on a videocall.

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How would you cope without your glasses? Join the global storytelling movement today! If you're working from home, #RaiseYourGlasses in support of good eye health on your next video meeting.

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How we’ve adapted projects during COVID-19

Hear from our staff

Our sight-saving work is...

A girl with glasses smiles with a book on her lap.

Improving children’s futures

We're training teachers to screen children for sight problems and last year, we screened more than 800,000 children for visual impairments and provided 50,000 pairs of glasses to school children.

Changing a child’s life with a pair of glasses in Pakistan

Superheroes helping to prevent eye disease in schools

Increasing economic productivity

We found that out of 17,500 truck drivers, almost half were driving without the glasses they needed to see clearly. Our work is not only supporting them to continue earning money, but creating safer roads.

Eye screenings for truck drivers

A family sat on a bed.

Addressing inequalities

Women, people with disabilities, ethnic minorities and those living in rural areas are more likely to have visual impairments. We tackle inequality and make sure we can reach the people who need eye health services the most.

Nine steps to holding pop-up eye screening camps

Reducing stigma while fighting neglected tropical diseases

A group of trachoma surgeons in Zambia wearing scrubs and smiling.

Integrating with existing healthcare

It’s crucial our work is integrated into local and national health services, to ensure lasting impact for the communities we support. That’s why we collaborate with ministries of health in the countries where we work.

Providing affordable eye care with partner hospitals in India

Tackling diseases with the ministry of health in Liberia

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