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Magnitude and Projections

GBD Super Region Map & Estimates of Vision Loss

Global vision loss by GBD super region

Two GBD super regions (Southeast Asia, East Asia & Oceania and South Asia) have the highest overall prevalence of vision loss, as shown in the following chart.

The same two GBD super regions (Southeast Asia East Asia and Oceania and South Asia) are home to the greatest number of people who have vision loss. These two regions are also home to 52% of the global population.

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Crude prevalence of vision loss by GBD Super Region, 2020

(all ages, males & females)

Source: Data from VLEG/GBD 2020 model, accessed via the IAPB Vision Atlas

How to cite the maps and VLEG/GBD 2020 data

If distributing/publishing this model’s data, it is obligatory to use the following reference:

Bourne R, Steinmetz J, Flaxman S, et al., Trends in prevalence of blindness and distance and near vision impairment over 30 years: an analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study. Lancet Glob Health. 2020. Accessed via the IAPB Vision Atlas (

GBD Super Region dashboard

More details at super regional level are available in the GBD Super Region dashboard which you can access via the top menu.