World Sight Day, which is held on 9 October each year, is aimed at raising public awareness of problems related to blindness and visual impairment.
Worldwide, nearly 285 million people are visually impaired, including 39 million who are blind and 246 million who have low vision. According to the World Health Organization, 80% of all these disabilities can be prevented or cured.1
To mark this day, many events have been organised by public and private institutions: screening for sight problems, spectacle collections, and information on diseases that can affect sight.
1 Source: Visual impairment and blindness, World Health Organization (WHO)
Each year, researchers at Inserm are enlisted to develop new treatments to combat these disabilities.