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The problem

There are 39 million blind people in the world, but 80 per cent of blindness could be prevented or cured. That’s 31.2 million people who are blind when it could have been avoided.

Shocked at how unfair this is? So are we. But you can help us do something about it.

We want to eliminate avoidable blindness and support people who are irreversibly blind or disabled to live independently.

Find out what we’re doing about it

How we’re doing

icon_eye_tick_yellow265 million

people protected against river blindness

icon_eye_exam_yellow5.9 million

sight restoring cataract operations

icon_medic_yellow33 million

people treated with trachoma antibiotics

How you can help


people around the world are blind


of this can be cured or prevented


A portrait of Majidul before his cataract surgery.

See Majidul on BBC's Forces of Nature.


A picture of an older lady with a baby looking in to the camera.

Jess from Channel 4's Unreported World


Emmanuel looking at the camera

'I can work, socialise and earn a living.'



Treatment in a refugee camp

Kuala Mabor



Image of Meryl Streep and her glasses, donated to Sightsavers

Specs Appeal

21 November 2016

This week Sightsavers launches Specs Appeal, an eBay auction of more than 60 pairs of glasses and sunglasses given by celebrity donors. Continue reading

Eoin Macken and Tim McDonnell wearing Sightsavers branded caps.

Eoin Macken and Tim McDonnell’s film live for World Sight Day

13 October 2016

The full-length film, 'A Gift of Sight' is released for World Sight Day 2016. Continue reading

CEO of Sightsavers Ireland stands with the Irish Charities Regulator, John Farrelly at the inaugural Good Governance Awards.

Good Governance Awards

21 October 2016

Sightsavers was delighted to be shortlisted for the first Good Governance Awards presented on Tuesday October 18th. Continue reading

Jesse Antwi Agyeman's bandages are removed by Juliana Adjabeng.  She is an Ophthalmic Nurse and the outreach worker who identified Jesse.  Juliana gently removed the plastic eye patch and bandage and cleans Jesse’s eye.  She checks that he can see through the eye he has had the operation on.

Calling all donors from 2012 and later!

14 October 2016

If you are a tax efficient supporter, Sightsavers has great news for you - you still have time to magic up a miracle by signing your tax back forms today. Continue reading


For every €1 we receive (including donated supplies)


goes on vital charity work


goes on growing awareness and our funding

Irish Aid logoIrish Aid has committed to a four-year development funding grant for our work in West Africa. Find out more.


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