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. World Sight Day 2018 is on 11 October. The theme for 2018 is 'Eyecare for Everyone'. Mike Daw, Chief Executive of National Eye Research Centre, gave several radio interviews on the need for more investment in eye research to combat blindness. We made a podcast of edited highlights taken from the live radio interviews.


Mike Daw, Chief Executive of National Eye Research Centre

Vision really matters. Sight is the sense people fear losing the most, yet many of us don’t know how to look after our eyes – World Sight Day aims to change all that! 

Did you know?

  • 2 million people in the UK are living with sight loss, that is severe enough to have a significant impact on their daily lives. Half of this sight loss is avoidable.
  • A sight test can detect early signs of conditions like glaucoma, which can be treated if found soon enough
  • During a sight test, other health conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure may be detected.
  • For healthy eyes, eat well, don’t smoke and wear eye protection in bright sunlight.

Four ways you can support National Eye Research Centre on World Sight Day:

Research is the only way that new treatments for eye disease, sight loss and blindness can be discovered yet, of all the money that is spent on medical research in the UK, only 2% is directed at eye disease.

Please help us overcome this critical underfunding of eye research and make a donation now: