Worldwide there are 285 million people with visual impairments of which 39 million people are blind and 246 million visually impaired. A stunning 90% of people with visual disabilities live in developing countries. In developing countries, blindness leads to major economic and social problems. Blind people can no longer work normally and are dependent on family members and friends. Eighty percent of blindness is avoidable or can be easily cured with, for example, cataract surgery or a good pair of glasses.
Visual impairment and poverty
Worldwide there are 285 million people with a visual impairments. Eighty percent of these visual handicaps are avoidable or curable. But not everyone has access to good eye care.
Cataract is the leading cause of blindness in the world, followed by refractive errors. In addition, there are many other eye conditions that can affect people`s vision.
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