World Sight Day

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World Sight Day
Official nameWorld Sight Day
Also calledWSD
SignificanceRaise public awareness of blindness & vision impairment, influence Governments/Ministers of Health to participate in and designate funds for national blindness prevention programmes and educate target audiences about blindness prevention
ObservancesFocus global attention on blindness and vision impairment
DateSecond Thursday of October every year
First time12 October 2000; 18 years ago (12 October 2000)

World Sight Day, observed annually on the second Thursday of October, is a global event meant to draw attention on blindness and vision impairment. It was originally initiated by the SightFirstCampaign of Lions Club International Foundation in 2000.

It has since been integrated into VISION 2020 and is coordinated by IAPB in cooperation with the World Health Organization.

The theme for World Sight Day 2014[1]—held on October 9, 2014—was "No more Avoidable Blindness".

It took place on the second Thursday in October 2014.[2]

World Sight Day, 2000–present[edit]

The following table shows the themes of each World Sight Day since 2000.[3]

2000 no theme
2001 no theme
2002 no theme
2003 no theme
2004 no 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 theme
2012 no 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