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Eye care solutions are proven and cost effective

Strengthened health systems that include eye health are essential.

Available treatments

Eye care treatments are feasible and cost effective

Cataract surgery and spectacles to correct refractive error are some of the most cost effective of all available health care interventions.

Vision impairment due to uncorrected refractive error can be restored with a pair of glasses, and cataracts can be treated with an effective operation. Health promotion, early detection and regular eye exams are integral to preventing, delaying and minimising the impact of vision loss.

The WHO are working on a package of eye care interventions for all major eye conditions, which will be released in 2021.

Integrated people centred eye care

Increasing access to eye care services will prevent vision loss

Integrated people-centred eye care provides a continuum of health interventions that address the full spectrum of eye conditions, according to people’s needs and throughout their life course.

To address the scale of the problem, a greater investment in the provision of integrated people centred services is urgently needed.

Universal health coverage

Affordable eye care services are required to meet the need

Under universal health coverage, everyone receives the full spectrum of essential, quality health services they need, including eye care, without suffering financial hardship.

Universal health coverage isn’t universal if it doesn’t include eye care.

Photo Credits

Integrated people centred eye care: Aeesha, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Universal health coverage: Harry Wood YWAM