1 March 2016
Over 100 million people are vision impaired simply because they lack access to an eye examination and pair of glasses, a new study has found. Conducted by a collaboration of the world's leading researchers, it estimates that 108 million people, or one in every 90, was vision impaired or blind due to uncorrected refractive error. Published in the journal Optometry and Vision Science, the researchers argue that this "potentially correctable vision impairment has a profound social and economic impact, including limiting educational and employment opportunities for individuals, families, and communities."
"This paper is significant because it provides the most up-to-date data about the leading cause of vision impairment and second leading cause of blindness globally," said lead author, Professor Kovin Naidoo, CEO of Brien Holden Vision Institute and Executive Member of the World Council of Optometry. "Tragically, it can have a major impact on people's lives but this type of vision loss is completely avoidable because the solution is simple - an eye examination and appropriate spectacles. Governments and INGOs urgently need collaborations and funding to implement the eye care systems to ensure all people have access to the vision corretion they need."