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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

How you can help


people around the world are blind


of this can be cured or prevented


A young African girl smiling.

Scientists win Nobel prize for river blindness discovery

06 October 2015

Scientists William C Campbell and Satoshi Ōmura – who together discovered a drug avermectin, the derivatives of which are used to treat and prevent river blindness – have been awarded the Nobel Prize for medicine. Continue reading


President Higgins attends Sightsavers exhibition in New York

26 September 2015

The exhibition features photographs taken by award-winning Guardian photographer Graeme Robertson of people with disabilities living in Uganda and India, and shows the impact of exclusion and inclusion on their lives. Continue reading

Tim McDonnell and Eoin Macken smiling at the camera.

Photo exhibition marks World Sight Day

01 October 2015

An exhibition of photographs by actors Eoin Macken and Tim McDonnell will be held in Powerscourt Townhouse Centre from 1-15 October. Continue reading

A reporter talks to a child in school.

News2Day reports on Junior Painter

24 September 2015

News2Day's presenter, Gill Stedman, joins a school class as they discuss visual impairment and this years theme - Imagine 2030. Continue reading


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