World Sight Day 2012

WSD12 – international day of awareness for the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) and VISION 2020: The Right to Sight

Working Together to Eliminate Avoidable Blindness

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World Sight Day 2012 (WSD12) falls on official, global date of the second Thursday in October, which is 11 October 2012 this year. It will be marked by organisations and institutions around the world, in many different ways, on or around that date.

An estimated 285 million people worldwide are visually impaired, and yet preventable causes are as high as 80% of the global visual impairment burden. 90% of blind people live in developing countries, and this needless waste costs individuals, families and communities billions of dollars every year.

There is no global theme for WSD12, which we hope will allow each participating organisation to use the occasion to highlight its own priority areas, in ways which will resonate with their own target audiences. Template press releases and supporting materials will be produced for download from, as the months progress toward October 2012.

In 2011, a new global logo was developed for World Sight Day, based on the Braille symbols which spell “WSD”. Versions have been developed in Arabic, French, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Chinese. These logos have been updated for WSD 2012, and will be used every year to build recall and familiarity with World Sight Day and the activities around the event. These logos will be made available for download, and will also be used in generic posters, bookmarks and other promotional materials for distribution to requesting organisations in August.

Documents to help plan and implement WSD12 events can be downloaded from the WSD12 Implementation Pack page. Please complete the WSD12 Events Information form [doc] 38KB to keep us informed of your plans, and to ensure inclusion in the WSD12 Activities Report!

For more information and updates, please ensure that you are subscribed to the monthly VISION 2020 electronic newsletter – and check the World Sight Day web pages here at

According to WHO estimates:

  • About 285 million people are visually impaired worldwide:
    • 39 million are blind and
    • 246 million have low vision (severe or moderate visual impairment)
  • preventable cause are as high as 80% of the total global visual impairment burden
  • About 90% of the world’s visually impaired people live in developing countries
  • Globally, uncorrected refractive errors are the main cause of visual impairment
  • Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness
  • 65% of visually impaired, and 82% of blind people are over 50 years of age, although this age group comprises only 20% of the world population

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