The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) for the global eye care. We have over 150 members worldwide–NGOs, corporate organisations, professional bodies and research and eye care institutions.

We were founded in 1975 to lead international efforts in blindness prevention activities. We work towards a world where no one is needlessly visually impaired, in which everyone has access to the best possible standard of eye health, and eye care is a core part of Universal Health Coverage.


IAPB marks World Glaucoma Week with stories and blog posts from a selection of IAPB members and Glaucoma professionals. This year, World Glaucoma Week is the second week of March. Do read all our Glaucoma stories in one place.

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The impact of Myopia throughout the developing world

Approximately half of the world’s population, including children, live in towns and cities; by 2050, nearly 70% will live in urban areas . The urban landscape dominated by concentrated areas of high-rise, high-density buildings with proximity to services and industries is not only powering the economic engine of nations but transforming the way our children see the world.

YEAR 2000

  • 20.2% Low to Moderate Myopia (1243m)

  • 2.7% High Myopia (163m)

  • 77.1% Non-Myopes

YEAR 2010

  • 24.3% Low to Moderate Myopia (1673m)

  • 4.0% High Myopia (277m)

  • 71.7% Non-Myopes

YEAR 2020

  • 28.7% Low to Moderate Myopia (2221m)

  • 5.2% High Myopia (399m)

  • 66.1% Non-Myopes