More than a billion people cannot see well, because they don’t have access to glasses. Over 3 out of 4 of the world’s vision impaired are avoidably so.
World Sight Day (WSD) is an international day of awareness, held annually on the second Thursday of October to focus attention on the global issue of eye health. This year World Sight Day falls on 8 October 2020.
This year’s WSD call to action is: Hope in Sight.
Book your eye test today and let’s pledge to spread the message of #HopeInSight.
Globally in 2020:
• At least 2.2 billion people have a vision impairment that may or may not be addressed
• Of those, at least 1 billion people have a vision impairment that could have been prevented or has yet to be addressed
• In addition, 2.6 billion people have myopia, including 312 million children under 19 years of age
• Additionally, millions of people are living with eye conditions that increase their risk of sight loss:
- 196 million people living with age-related macular degeneration
- 146 million people living with diabetic retinopathy
- 76 million people living with glaucoma
- 2.5 million people living with trachomatous trichiasis
- 277 million people living with high myopia
• Vast inequities exist in the distribution of vision impairment; the prevalence in many low- and middle-income regions is estimated to be four times higher than in high-income regions
• The burden tends to be greater in rural areas and for older people, women, people with disabilities, ethnic minorities and indigenous populations