WSD 2010 – Countdown to 2020

For those of you who don’t know, the 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 avoidable blindness and visual impairment. The theme of World Sight Day 2010 (WSD10) is

Countdown to 2020

Global Key Messages for World Sight Day 2010 (WSD10)

• 4% of the world’s population is blind or vision impaired

• Imagine if it didn’t have to stay that way – 80% of blindness is avoidable

• Imagine if working together we could STOP the agony of trachoma and river blindness

• Imagine if eye exams and glasses could instantly transform the lives of 153 million people

All this is possible. The solutions are known and cost-effective. Can you imagine turning away?

VISION 2020: The Right to Sight has seen considerable progress in 10 years, but there is a great deal left to do, and only 10 years remaining to do it!

World Sight Day 2010 will be officially observed on 14 October, 2010, but event dates, and activities to mark the occasion will vary around the world.

What are you planning to do? Tell us at and we will publish in the next bulletin!


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