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Saving sight Blindfolded children and adults marched across Newcastle's Blinking Eye Bridge led by a Scottish piper on World Sight Day last week.

Removing their blindfolds symbolised the ease with which sight can be restored or blindness prevented. Sight Savers International organised WSD events in countries around the world, ranging from eye screeing in camps for children in Ghana to football matches between blind people and blindfolded sighted people in Sierra Leone. Vision 2020, an international coalition of eye care agencies, marked the opportunity by launching a new report warning that the number of blind people, currently 45 million, could reach 75 million by the year 2020 if left unchecked.

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