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Global Vision Database Maps

The Global Vision Database is a comprehensive database of population-based prevalence eye surveys, dating from 1980 to 2014, from published and unpublished sources. It includes estimates of numbers of blind and vision impaired by region/worldwide, by age, by sex and by cause.

This database is now available as two maps, allowing us to look at two separate age categories – all ages and those aged 50 years and older. visualizing its various aspects:

  • Prevalence of Blindness and Visual Impairment
  • By Sex (Male, Female and both)
  • By Country and Region
  • ‘Time-lapse’ (the impact over time, from 1995-2010)

The GVD Map - All Ages (click on image below)

The GVD Map - Adults > 50 (click on image below)

All Ages map Adults over 50 image

This database is created and maintained by the Vision Loss Expert Group, which was originally formed to assist the Global Burden of Disease Study in its quest for population-based data on prevalence of vision loss in order to prepare estimates of Disability- Adjusted Life Years for all diseases. The group now presents these maps in collaboration with IAPB.

This data visualisation project has been made possible with support from the Brien Holden Vision Institute.

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB), Registered Charity No: 1100559, Company Limited by Guarantee No: 4620869, Registered in England & Wales