The Challenge

  • Globally, it is estimated that approximately 1.3 billion people live with some form of vision impairment.
  • Approximately 80% of all vision impairment is considered avoidable/treatable.
  • Globally, the leading causes of vision impairment are uncorrected refractive errors (the need for glasses) and cataracts.
  • The majority of people with vision impairment are over the age of 50 years.
  • 9/10 blind people live in low socio-economic (developing) countries.

Why is it important to fix our global visual impairment and blindness problem?

Low vision can contribute to;

  • Trips and falls leading to hospitalisation
  • Loss of independence and social networks
  • Depression and mental illness
  • Increased nursing home care dependency
  • Delayed cognitive development and language acquisition in children
  • Economic burden on society, families and individuals
  • Increased dependence on social services and mobility