Does Cataract Surgery Alleviate Poverty? Evidence from a Multi-Centre Intervention Study Conducted in Kenya, the Philippines and Bangladesh

Background Poverty and blindness are believed to be intimately linked, but empirical data supporting this purported relationship are sparse. The objective of this study is to assess whether there is a reduction in poverty after cataract surgery among visually impaired cases. Methodology/Principal Findings A multi-centre intervention study was conducted in three countries (Kenya, Philippines, Bangladesh).…

The Economic Burden of Vision Loss and Eye Disorders in the United States

Overview The impact of chronic health problems is hard to put into words, so Prevent Blindness America put it into numbers by measuring the economic burden of vision loss and eye disorders. At a cost of $139 billion in 2013, eye disorders and vision loss are among the costliest health conditions currently facing the United…

Global cost of correcting vision impairment from uncorrected refractive error

Objective: To estimate the global cost of establishing and operating the educational and refractive care facilities required to provide care to all individuals who currently have vision impairment resulting from uncorrected refractive error (URE). Methods: The global cost of correcting URE was estimated using data on the population, the prevalence of URE and the number…

The Economic Costs of Exclusion and Gains of Inclusion of People with Disabilities

With the landmark passing of the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), ratifying countries pledged to promote the full inclusion of people with disabilities in all areas of society.However, many nations have struggled to make significant progress in implementing the commitments set forth by the Convention.  The extensive exclusion of people with disabilities from…

Investing in Vision

In 2013 The Fred Hollows Foundation commissioned PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) to develop a framework that could be used to estimate the global cost of eliminating avoidable blindness as well as the monetary value of the benefits that would potentially arise from eliminating avoidable blindness and vision impairment. PWC produced a series of reports, including national case studies…