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Position Paper on Presbyopia

Uncorrected presbyopia is the most common cause of visual impairment. There are approximately 1.04 billion people with presbyopia globally, of which 517 million have visual impairment due to a lack of appropriate near vision correction1.

Given the critical need for good near vision in performing daily tasks4 and the scale of presbyopia as a form of visual impairment, IAPB recommends that presbyopia be prioritized and addressed. The principles that IAPB endorses are related to the method of correction, human resources, and health system fit, utilizing best practice or minimum standards depending on the specific context.