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Age-adjusted prevalence of blindness has reduced over the past three decades, yet due to population growth, progress is not keeping pace with needs. We face enormous challenges in avoiding vision impairment as the global population grows and ages.

This updated assessment of global vision impairment contributes to VISION 2020: The Right to Sight by providing up-to-date global and regional sex-specific and age-specific estimates of vision impairment, analyses of how vision impairment rates and cases have changed over time, and projections by region to 2050. The current study also allows us to assess the World Health Assembly 2013 resolution to decrease avoidable moderate or worse distance vision impairment by 25% from 2010 to 2019. Our results suggest that total cases of moderate or worse distance vision have increased since 2010, and therefore, in terms of crude prevalence, the target was not reached.

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About the authors

The Vision Loss Expert Group (VLEG) populates and curates the Global Vision Database, a continuously updated, comprehensive, online database storing worldwide ophthalmic epidemiological information. Learn more.