World Sight Day

Each year on 12 October, Sightsavers celebrates the importance of sight. In 2023 we took action on social media by encouraging people to get involved in our #EyeCreation.

A collageA of many creative images of eyes, made from different materials including Lego, sand, books, fruit and people.

You can change someone’s life on World Sight Day


World Sight Day is an annual event to raise awareness about the importance of eye care worldwide.

Globally, 1.1 billion people have an untreated or preventable visual impairment. That’s an eighth of the world’s population – almost as many people as there are in Europe and the USA combined. 

We believe everyone, including women, girls, and people with disabilities, should have access to the services they need. When we tackle avoidable blindness, children can learn and adults can earn, helping nations to thrive and reducing poverty and inequality. 

That’s why, to mark World Sight Day 2023 on Thursday 12 October, we took to social media to raise awareness about the importance of inclusive eye health. Our #EyeCreation spread the word by encouraging our partners and supporters to use their imagination, creating eye-catching images to share far and wide.

An eye shape created out of string.
Supporters joined our #EyeCreation on World Sight Day 2023 by creating their own eye image.

#EyeCreation: how people got involved

Eye icon.

1. To help us mark World Sight Day 2023, supporters created an eye shape out of whatever materials they had to hand. The more unusual the better!

2. We encouraged creativity and imagination: we shared our gallery below for inspiration. We then asked for photos of the creation.

3. Supporters shared their photos on social media using the hashtag #EyeCreation, saying why eye health is important, and tagging @Sightsavers.

How we protect sight around the world

We train eye surgeons

Our work relies on thousands of skilled staff. Since 1950, we’ve trained more than 3,800 ophthalmic nurses and 1,000 cataract surgeons.
A guide to eye health roles

We distribute medication

Local volunteers are trained to check people’s symptoms, distribute preventative medication and refer patients for further treatment.
How we reach remote communities

Three men stand outside a hospital entrance.

We improve health care

Sightsavers works with national governments and partners to improve local health services, ensuring everyone can get health care when they need it.
About health systems strengthening

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