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Magnitude and Projections

GBD Super Region Map & Estimates of Vision Loss

Age-std prevalence of all vision loss 2020

(all ages, males & females)

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

Global vision loss by GBD super region

Crude prevalence

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.

Chart description: The numbers affected (in millions) by all four categories of vision loss in 2020 for each GBD super region. All ages, males and females.


Numbers affected

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.

Chart description: The prevalence (crude) of all four categories of vision loss in 2020 for each GBD super region, the global prevalence is also shown. All ages, males and females.

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, Rupert, Jaimie Adelson, Seth Flaxman, Paul S. Briant, Hugh R. Taylor, Robert J. Casson, et al. Trends in Prevalence of Blindness and Distance and Near Vision Impairment Over 30 Years and Contribution to the Global Burden of Disease in 2020. The Lancet Global Health, 2020. Advanced online publication doi:10.2139/ssrn.3582742

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More details at super regional level will soon be available in super regional dashboards.