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World Sight Day

On World Sight Day 2019 we welcome the first ever World Report on Vision, which puts the spotlight on eye care for all. Find out how Sightsavers is making sure everyone has access to the eye care they need.

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World Sight Day is an annual event that raises awareness of visual impairments and calls on the global community to work to eliminate avoidable blindness.

To mark World Sight Day 2019 on 10 October, the World Health Organization (WHO) has published the first ever World Report on Vision. The report estimates that 2.2 billion people – nearly a third of the world’s population – have a vision impairment, and that one billion of those people have impaired vision that could be prevented or treated. Read the news story

We know it is possible to provide good-quality eye care to people no matter where they live or what their needs are. Our research has revealed how cases of blindness in the Sundarbans – a poor, remote area of India – have been halved in just five years thanks in part to our eye health project in the region, supported by Standard Chartered.

At Sightsavers we’re aiming for a world where good-quality eye care is available to everyone, so no one is left behind. Read on to learn more.

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Halving blindness in the remote Sundarbans

In this rural region of eastern India, one in 50 people used to be blind. But our project has helped to transform eye health in the area, changing thousands of lives.

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