World Sight Day



World Sight Day was initially started by the Lions Club International Foundation as part of the Sight First campaign in the year 2000, World Sight Day is now coordinated by the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) under the VISION 2020 global initiative in cooperation with the World Health Organization. IAPB generates the theme and certain core materials for each year’s World Sight Day, while members and supporter organizations manage individual events.


Every year World Sight Day has its own theme. Here are details of the WSD theme from the year 2000.

2000-2004: No WSD theme 
2005: The Right to Sight
2006: Low Vision
2007: Vision for Children
2008: Fighting Vision Impairment in Later Life
2009: Gender and Eye Health
2010: Countdown to 2020
2011: No WSD theme
2012: No WSD theme
2013: Universal Eye Health
2014: No more Avoidable Blindness
2015: Eye care for all
2016: Stronger Together
2017: Make Vision Count
2018: Eye Care Everywhere
2019: Vision First

World Sight Day (WSD) of the year 2020 is going to be held on Thursday 8th October 2020. It is always celebrated on the second Thursday of October month. The main aim of this day is to draw global attention towards the burden of blindness and visual impairment.

The Theme for this year

The theme for World Sight Day 2020 is Hope In Sight. 


Use hashtag #HopeInSight in social media. You can also use #WSD2020 or #WorldSightDay



World Sight Day Logo


This logo can be used on any material/artwork that you create in the context of World Sight Day. This cannot logo be used to promote products or services.” Source: IAPB

Aim of this event:

  • To raise public awareness of issues surrounding blindness and visual impairment.
  • To influence Governments, and in particular Health Ministers to participate in and donate funds to blindness prevention programmes.
  • To educate about blindness prevention.

International Key Messages

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.
  • 196 million people living with age-related macular degeneration.
  • 146 million people living with diabetic retinopathy.
  • 76 million people living with glaucoma.
  • 5 million people living with trachomatous trichiasis
  • 277 million people living with high myopia.

For this year IABP has requested to plan WSD related events online, they also requested to try for engaging media with resources that can be accessed without risking crowding, contact, or any potential to spread COVID-19. Eye Health Nepal request all the eye care service providers to celebrate this year WSD via online platforms like Zoom and also you can live awareness materials on Facebook, Youtube so we can attract many audiences and let them know about the importance of eye care. Radio program, Television program, will be more effective this year as compared to publishing banner because of limiting in the public movements in lots of areas due to COVID-19.
1. IAPB. 2020. World Sight Day 2020 – IAPB. [online] Available at: <> [Accessed 15 September 2020].
2. 2020. World Sight Day. [online] Available at: <> [Accessed 15 September 2020].
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