The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) is an alliance of civil society organisations, corporates and professional bodies promoting eye health through advocacy, knowledge and partnerships.

IAPB’s mission is to eliminate the main causes of avoidable blindness and visual impairment by bringing together governments and non-governmental agencies to facilitate the planning, development and implementation of sustainable national eye care programmes. IAPB promotes VISION 2020, its joint initiative with the World Health Organization (WHO).


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