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
The Theme for this year
The theme for World Sight Day 2020 is Hope In Sight.
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
- 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.