Globally, at least 2.2 billion people currently have a vision impairment & 36 million persons are blind including 19 million blind children. Of these, at least 1 billion people with vision impairment have no access to essential eye care.

Every year, over seven million people become blind and 217 million people have poor vision globally.

90% of blind people live in developing countries and 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 rise.

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 their sighted peers. About 60% of children die within 1 – 2 years of becoming blind. Sadly, 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. For instance, the estimated cost of the blindness and visual impairment burden to the global economy is over US$3 trillion every year in lost productivity and health and social care whereas only US$14.3 billion is required to address the gap for tackling unaddressed refractive errors and cataract globally.


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