A Cure is in Sight for Retinal Blindness - trust science!

World Sight Day (WSD) is an annual day of awareness held on the second Thursday of October, to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment.

This year World Sight Day 2015 is on 8 October. The rolling theme of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) is Universal Eye Health.

This year, the 'Call to Action' for World Sight Day is:
Eye care for all

On World Sight Day, IAPB members work together to:

Raise public awareness of blindness & vision impairment as major international public health issues.
Influence Governments/Ministers of Health to participate in and designate funds for national blindness prevention programmes.
Educate target audiences about blindness prevention.

International Key Messages:

Approximately 285 million people worldwide live with low vision and blindness
Of these, 39 million people are blind and 246 million have moderate or severe visual impairment
90% of blind people live in low-income countries
Yet 80% of visual impairment is avoidable - i.e. readily treatable and/or preventable
Restorations of sight, and blindness prevention strategies are among the most cost-effective interventions in health care
The number of people blind from infectious causes has greatly reduced in the past 20 years
An estimated 19 million children are visually impaired
About 65% of all people who are visually impaired are aged 50 and older, while this age group comprises only 20% of the world's population
Increasing elderly populations in many countries mean that more people will be at risk of age-related visual impairment.