Got an idea for a new holiday? Let us know!
Submit Holiday

World Sight Day

Join us in supporting World Sight Day - help spread awareness and raise funds to provide access to vision care for all!
Growth - Techcloud X Webflow Template
Category
Cause
Location Icon
Country
International
Creator
Email Icon
Founded
Introduction

Celebrate World Sight Day on the second Thursday of October and join in the fight to end avoidable blindness! This day was started by the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness in 2000 as a way to bring awareness to vision impairment around the world. Since then, it has become an annual event with many countries participating to raise funds and help those affected by vision loss. With your help, we can continue to reduce global blindness and make sure everyone can see the beauty of our world. So let's get together and celebrate World Sight Day!

History of World Sight Day

World Sight Day Dates

World Sight Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2000</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>World Sight Day Inception</div><div class='timeline-text'>The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness established World Sight Day to raise global attention to blindness and vision impairment.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2005</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Cataract Focus Year</div><div class='timeline-text'>World Sight Day 2005 centered around cataracts, one of the leading causes of blindness globally. Awareness and prevention efforts were elevated.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2011</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>No More Avoidable Blindness</div><div class='timeline-text'>The year’s theme focused on eradicating avoidable blindness, educating communities about preventative actions and the importance of eye health.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2014</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Focus on Universal Eye Health</div><div class='timeline-text'>World Sight Day highlighted the World Health Organization (WHO) Action Plan for a universal eye health coverage, advocating comprehensive eye care action.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2018</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>"Eye Care Everywhere"</div><div class='timeline-text'>Under the theme "Eye Care Everywhere", World Sight Day emphasized the need for quality eye care services accessible to everyone, no matter their location.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2020</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Impact of Covid-19</div><div class='timeline-text'>World Sight Day examined the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on global eye health, urging for renewed focus on vision in public health.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate World Sight Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Donate eyeglasses</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Locate an eyeglass donation center and drop off your old glasses. Your donation can help people in need get the vision care they deserve.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Volunteer</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Find a local organization that works on helping those with vision impairments. Volunteering your time and energy can make a huge difference.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Host an eye health awareness event</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Organize a local event to spread awareness about eye health and what people can do to be proactive about their vision.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Spread the word</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Share information on social media and in your community about World Sight Day, and why this day is important.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Schedule an eye exam</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Make sure you are up to date on your eye exams and make sure you are taking good care of your eyesight. It's never too late to get an eye exam.</p></div></div>

Why World Sight Day is Important

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It raises awareness of preventable blindness</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>World Sight Day helps to bring attention to the fact that vision impairments and blindness are still a major health issue, especially in developing countries. It encourages people to take action and support organizations working to provide eye care treatments and preventive measures so that avoidable blindness can be prevented.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It promotes investment in eye care</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>By raising awareness, World Sight Day helps to encourage more individuals, businesses, and governments to invest in eye care services. With increased funding, organizations like the World Health Organization (WHO) have been able to launch campaigns that focus on preventing common causes of blindness such as cataract and glaucoma.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It spreads messages of hope</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>On World Sight Day, countless stories of inspiring individuals who are making a difference by sharing their personal experiences with visual impairments are shared with the world. These incredible stories spread messages of hope for others living with vision impairment or blindness and remind us that everyone has the potential to make a positive difference in the lives of those around them.</p></div></div>

5 Eye-Opening Facts for World Sight Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Almost 300 million people live with visual impairment worldwide</h3><p class='facts-content'>According to the World Health Organization, out of these, approximately 39 million are blind, showcasing the magnitude of visual impairment globally.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>4 out of 5 cases could be avoided or cured</h3><p class='facts-content'>The World Health Organization estimates that 80% of all visual impairment can be prevented or cured, suggesting that an overwhelming proportion is due to unattended eye conditions.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Cataract remains the leading cause of blindness</h3><p class='facts-content'>Despite advances in medicine, cataract remains the leading cause of blindness globally, responsible for around half of all blindness.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Uncorrected refractive errors are the main cause of moderate and severe visual impairment</h3><p class='facts-content'>Simply attending regular eye examinations and having access to appropriate glasses could remedy this issue for many and prevent such visual impairments.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Blindness is more prevalent in developing countries</h3><p class='facts-content'>Around 90% of visually impaired people live in low and middle-income countries, emphasizing the significant impact of reduced access to eye care services.</p></div></div>

World Sight Day FAQs

When is World Sight Day?

World Sight Day Dates

Year
Date
Day

2023

Oct 12

Thursday

2024

Oct 10

Thursday

2025

Oct 9

Thursday

2026

Oct 8

Thursday

2027

Oct 14

Thursday

Cause Holidays