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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

Highly cost-effective vision-restoring interventions offer enormous potential to improve the economic outlook of individuals and nations1.

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

The WHO released a Package of Eye Care Interventions for all major eye conditions in 2022.

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Integrated people centred eye care

Increasing access through integrated people centred eye care will prevent vision loss

Access to eye care is not equally distributed between and within countries. Marginalised and socially disadvantaged population groups experience more difficulty accessing the care they need1.

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.

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Universal health coverage

Eye health is integral to advancing sustainable development

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.

  1. Burton, M., Ramke, J., Marques, A., Bourne, R., Congdon, N., Jones, I. et al. Lancet Global Health Commission on Global Eye Health: Vision Beyond 2020. The Lancet Global Health (2021).

Photo Credits

Integrated people centred eye care: Aeesha, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Universal health coverage: Ellen Crystal, Seva Canada