The vision of 1,000,000,000 people in the world could be corrected if they had access to a pair of glasses. This figure is growing by 50,000,000 every year.
Something needs to be done now!
According to the World Health Organisation 2010 study:
- Some 285 million people are estimated to be visually impaired worldwide: 39 million are blind and 246 million have low vision.
About 90% of the world's visually impaired live in low-income settings.
82% of people living with blindness are aged 50 and above.
Globally, uncorrected refractive errors are the main cause of moderate and severe visual impairment; cataracts remain the leading cause of blindness in middle- and low-income countries.
Over 550 million people need glasses for reading but lack access or funds to acquire them
It has been calculated that eyeglasses increase productivity by 35% and reading glasses have the potential to increase months earning by 20%. This deficiency is costing our potential worldwide earnings approximately $120 billion a year.