Optometrist Zone

World Sight Day


World Sight Day (WSD) is an annual day of awareness campaign that focus on global attention on blindness and vision impairment. The theme for 2018 is EYE CARE EVERYWHERE.

World Health Organisation(WHO) states that a staggering 1.2 billion people don’t have access to spectacle correction. Over 3 out of 4 (75%) of the world’s vision impaired are avoidable. Approximately 90% of visually impaired people live in impoverished nations. About 65% of people with visual impairment are 50 years and older. An estimation of 19 million children are visually impaired, 12 million of these cases of childhood visual impairment are the results of diagnosable and treatable refractive errors and 1.4 million have irreversible lifelong vision loss.

Areas of focus: Cataract, Glaucoma, Diabetes and vision care management The current WHO international vision impairment classifications:

  • Blindness: Visual acuity <3/60 in the better eye
  • Vision Impairment: Moderate & Severe Visual Impairment with visual acuity <6/18 to <3/60
  • Vision Impairment: Mild with visual acuity <6/12 to <6/18.

This World Sight Day, let’s find the solutions to ensure that everyone, everywhere has access to sight and preserve vision.


World Sight Day