In the first 12 years of VISION 2020 sound programmatic approaches have been developed that are capable of delivering equitable eye health services to even the most remote and impoverished communities. A
body of evidence around the economic arguments for investment in eye health has been developed that has fuelled successful advocacy work resulting in supportive high level policy statements. More than a 100
national plans to achieve the elimination of avoidable blindness have been developed and some notable contributions made from the corporate and government sectors to resource eye health programs. Good
progress has been made to control infectious blinding diseases and at the very least there is anecdotal evidence to suggest that the global increase in the prevalence of blindness and visual impairment has been
reversed in recent years, despite the ever increasing and more elderly global population.
In a 2012 article for the Indian Journal of Ophthalmology, Peter Ackland, Chief Executive of IAPB, reviews the accomplishments of VISION 2020 and challenges ahead.