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Join us for World Sight Day 2020 – Hope in Sight – October 8, 2020

We invite you to join us as we bring awareness to vision impairment and blindness on World Sight Day, October 8, 2020. This year’s the call to action is “Hope in Sight.” We know that at least 2.2 billion people have a vision impairment or blindness, and of the 2.2 billion, 1 billion could have been prevented. World Sight Day is an opportunity to encourage governments, corporations, institutions and individuals to actively support universal access to eye health.  Be sure to follow us on social media and share our posts on World Sight Day to help spread awareness of vision impairment and blindness! Use the hashtags #HopeInSight and #WorldSightDay when posting on social media.

COVID-19 and World Sight Day: Please follow guidelines from government, local, and global health organizations to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.


We also encourage you to participate in IAPB’s World Sight Day Photo Competition!

IAPB Photo Competition

IAPB, with support from Bayer, encourages amateur and professional photographers around the world to join us in highlighting the impact of eye health in people’s lives, by taking part in an International Photography Competition with the theme, “Hope in Sight”. For over five years now, hundreds of photographers – amateurs and professionals – have been sharing their photos for the WSD photo competition. The photo competition helps build a great resource for the entire eye health sector, and the photos are available on our Flickr albums for use under a CreativeCommons licence.

The deadline for submission is October 8, 2020. This year, IAPB also has a special sub-theme: COVID-19 and eye health.

Enter the WSD Hope in Sight photo competition here: photocomp.iapb.org


Your World Sight Day Stories/Activities
World Sight Day Awareness
For World Sight Day on October 8, 2020, the World Council of Optometry wants to hear your story of inspiration or what you plan to do to raise awareness for World Sight Day. We will post selected submissions on social media following World Sight Day. Please provide your submission by October 15, 2020 by 4:00pm CST.

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