World Sight Day (WSD) is held annually on the second Thursday of October, it is an international day of awareness to focus on the global issue of avoidable visual impairment and blindness. The theme this year is “Make Vision Count”.
WSD is coordinated by the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB). WSD became an official event for IAPB in the year 2000.
World Sight Day highlights the fact that 80% of blindness is avoidable (Treatable and/or preventable) and is supported by over 150 IAPB member organisations, which includes every major eye care NGO in the world united in working together to eliminate avoidable blindness. 4 out of 5 people have avoidable visual impairment. WSD provides a platform for organisations to encourage governments, corporations, institutions and individuals to actively support global blindness prevention efforts.