Every five seconds one person in the world goes blind
One child goes blind every minute.
Globally, over seven million people become blind every year
217 million people have poor vision &
36 million persons are blind including 19 million blind children
1 billion people have near-vision impairment
90% of blind people live in developing countries
55% of moderate or severely vision impaired people are women
In Nigeria, there are currently over 1 million blind individuals aged 40 years
Over 3 million adults aged 40 years have moderate to severe visual impairment
Sadly, these numbers are expected to double by the year 2020
Low vision and blindness affects not just the individuals, but also families, and communities
Visually impaired or blind individuals have a higher risk of chronic health conditions, accidents, social withdrawal, depression, and mortality
Globally, the life expectancy of blind persons is 1/3 less than that of their sighted peers, and most of them die within 10 years of becoming blind
In Africa the poor and blind live 15 to 20 years less than those who are only poor
About 60% of children die within 1 – 2 years of becoming blind
4 out of 5 blind people are needlessly blind; 80% of poor vision is readily preventable/treatable.
Prevention and treatment of vision loss are among the most cost-effective and successful of all health interventions.
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