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90% of avoidable sight loss is experienced by people in low-and middle-income countries, impeding a state’s ability to eradicate poverty and reduce the inequalities and vulnerabilities that leave people behind.

Image by Sergio Negrete.
SDG 01 No Poverty

A brighter future

Image by Sergio Negrete

Poverty is both a cause and consequence of poor eye health. Poverty and low socioeconomic status can result in poorer general health, reduced access to quality eye health services, delayed diagnosis, and limited access to treatment. Conversely, poor eye health and the social exclusion of people living with vision impairment can lead to poverty due to lack of decent work and reduced income. UN General Assembly Resolution 75/310 Vision for Everyone makes clear that no one should have to live with avoidable sight loss when solutions to address the problem exist. Implementing effective eye health services can break the negative cycle of poor eye health, which leads to poverty, leading to worse eye health, and thus more poverty.

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