Globally, there are 43 million people who are blind and a further 295 million living with moderate-to-severe visual impairment. Out of these, a huge 77% is completely preventable or treatable.
World Sight Day is hosted by the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness and takes on a different theme each year to raise awareness of this important global health issue.
Blindness and visual impairment caused by conditions such as strabismus, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and retinopathy of prematurity. can be entirely prevented or treated if detected early. Trachoma can be cured with a dose of antibiotics. Similarly, a cataract can be removed with a straightforward 20-minute surgery.