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World Sight Day

World Sight Day 2015

Every year on the second Thursday of October, The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) coordinates World Sight Day. Promoted by global agencies like the World Health Organization (WHO), World Sight Day raises awareness of visual impairments, blindness, and the rehabilitation of visually impaired.

This year,'s parent company, Essilor, is running an Instagram photo contest to spread the word. Until October 22nd, you can enter by posting a photo of what "Seeing the World Better" means to you. To enter, follow @Essilor on Instagram, post your photo and tag it #Essilor #EssilorWSD2015 #SeeingTheWorldBetter. The winner will receive a Polaroid camera.

If you are interested in learning more about World Sight Day fundraising activities, or would like to make a donation, take the World Sight Day Challenge here.

It’s estimated that 2.5 billion people around the world suffer from uncorrected vision problems. 80% of those vision problems could have been easily prevented and treated. At, we support the efforts to spread awareness of World Sight Day on October 8th and encourage you to do the same!

You can get involved on social media by sharing some of these important facts, use the hashtags #bettersightbetterlife or #WorldSightDay:

  • 2.5 billion people see poorly but don’t have corrected vision.
  • 80% of the information we receive comes from our eyes!
  • 80% of vision problems are preventable.
  • One in four school children has a vision problem that can affect his learning ability.
  • 30 million suffer from AMD (Age-related macular degeneration) worldwide. This number will double by 2030.
  • 59% of traffic accidents may be related to poor vision.

Vision + Driving

Uncorrected vision wreaks havoc on the roads, and on the economy.

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Vision + Children

Getting regular eye health check-ups ensures children reach their full potential in school, and throughout their lives. Good vision is crucial to success.

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