Did you know, visual impairment is the world’s most common, yet most solvable disability?

A staggering 640 million people worldwide are disabled simply because they do not have access to an eye test and pair of prescription glasses. Ninety percent of those affected live in the developing world. Children who can’t see properly cannot learn effectively and adults who can’t see properly often struggle to earn to support their families.

What is World Sight Day?

World Sight Day is the only international day of awareness and fundraising held on the second Thursday of October (12/10/17), to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment and to raise income to help bring affordable eye care services to some of the world’s most vulnerable and isolated communities.

  • 80% of what a child learns is processed through the visual system


  • Women account for two-thirds of the population worldwide who are visually impaired 


How can you help?

This year Vision Aid Overseas is asking individuals, groups and organisations across the UK and Ireland to Make Vision Count by joining our 2017 World Sight Day Campaign.


The income raised from the campaign will help train eye care workers in Ghana, Ethiopia and Zambia, so that there are skilled eye care professionals to provide eye care services and life changing glasses to some of Africa’s poorest communities. It can cost as little as £5 to provide an eye test and a pair of prescription glasses on a Vision Aid Overseas Programme.


You can support the Vision Aid Overseas World Sight Day Challenge campaign by:

  • Seeing Eye to Eye- donating for each pair of spectacles /lenses sold or eye test carried out in September & October. 

  • Taking part in Trek Fest -the Peaks in September

  • Selling our World Sight Day raffle tickets to patients, colleagues, friends and relatives.

  • Organising your own Practice fundraising event. You can download our 30 ideas to fundraising glory here