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World Sight Day


World Sight Day – every second Thursday of October

October 8, 2020 All day

World Sight Day

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World Sight Day (WSD) is an annual day of awareness held on the second Thursday of October, to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment.

Established by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2000, World Sight Day is the main advocacy event for raising awareness about blindness and vision impairment for VISION 2020: The Right to Sight, a global initiative created by WHO and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB).

the Blind leading the blind
the Blind Leading the Blind by Louise Bourgeois – a sculpture in the gardens of Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam


Established in October 2000, Vision 2020 Australia is part of VISION 2020: The Right to Sight, a global initiative of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB).

Vision 2020 Australia is the national peak body working in partnership to prevent avoidable blindness and improve vision care in Australia and our region. We represent around 50 member organisations involved in local and global eye health and vision care, health promotion, low vision support, vision rehabilitation, eye research, professional assistance and community support.

Our vision is the elimination of preventable blindness and vision loss and the full participation of people who are blind or vision impaired in the community.

To achieve this vision within a diverse sector, Vision 2020 Australia engages its members to facilitate collaborative partnerships in order to advocate for and raise awareness of eye health and vision care. We work closely with Australian Government departments across health, ageing, disability and international development, advocating for improved eye health and vision care outcomes.


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