World Sight Day

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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

2020: Hope In Sight


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 14 October 2021.

The Theme for this year

The theme for World Sight Day 2021 is Love Your Eyes.


Use hashtag #LoveYourEyes in social media. You can also use #WSD2021 or #WorldSightDay2021 #loveyoureyes



World Sight Day 2021 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

  • 1.1 billion people experience vision loss primarily because they do not have access to eye care services.
  • Over 90% of those with vision loss live in low- and middle income countries.
  • 73% of people with vision loss are over 50 years old.
  • 55% of people with vision loss are women.
  • The number of people with vision loss will rise from 1.1 billion to 1.7 billion people by 2050, mainly due to population growth and population ageing.
  • Unaddressed poor vision results in a global economic productivity loss of $411 billion per annum.
  • Over 90% of vision loss could have been prevented.

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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