Blindness and Vision Impairment on World Sight Day


Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018 was World Sight Day, when ECPs, optometric companies and sight-related organizations around the world turned out to support the 1.2 billion people worldwide who are in need of vision care. The World Health Organization pointed out that approximately 80% of vision impairment globally is avoidable. Here are some other vision care facts from the WHO.

• Globally, it is estimated that approximately 1.3 billion people live with some form of vision impairment.
• With regards to distance vision, 188.5 million people have mild vision impairment, 217 million have moderate to severe vision impairment, and 36 million people are blind.
• With regards to near vision, 826 million people live with a near vision impairment.
• Globally, the leading causes of vision impairment are uncorrected refractive errors and cataracts.
• The majority of people with vision impairment are over the age of 50 years.

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