EYE HEALTH
INITIATIVE

The goal of our Eye Health Initiative is to reduce all forms of vision impairment and blindness, with a focus on adults around the world.

1.1 BILLION PEOPLE ARE VISION IMPAIRED OR BLIND, WORLDWIDE.

Sadly, at least 1 billion people have vision impairment that could have been prevented, or has not been addressed.

Vision impairment vs blindness

Vision impairment

  • refers to any visual condition that impacts and individual’s ability to successfully complete the activities of everyday life.
  • can negatively impact quality of life and productivity.
  • can increase susceptibility to injuries or accidents
  • can dramatically increases economic and social costs, and burdens the health care system.

Blindness

  • Blindness is defined as extremely poor visual activity and/or significantly reduced peripheral vision.

Our sustainable teaching
Diabetic Retinopathy Initiative

The leading causes of vision impairment

  • Uncorrected refractive error is the main cause for vision impairment worldwide.
  • In low-middle income countries, cataract is the leading cause of blindness.
  • However, glaucoma, trachoma, diabetic retinopathy and childhood blindness are additional conditions that cause visual impairment and blindness.
  • These conditions are usually undetected in low-middle income countries due to a lack of training and use of adequate equipment.

A new resource for parents

‘Open Your Eyes’ is a Sight For All initiative to provide general information about children’s eye health.

‘Open Your Eyes’ is a Sight For All initiative to provide general information about children’s eye health.
40 million people see like this.
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