Global Vision Impairment Facts

Blindness and Visual Impairment: Global Facts

The Lancet Global Health has recently two papers by the Vision Loss Expert group. They represent the latest data documenting the prevalence of blindness and vision impairment we have currently. The World Health Organization (WHO) too uses this data now.

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On World Sight Day 2019, the WHO launched the first World Report on Vision, a document that offers clear proposals to address significant challenges in delivering eye care through existing health systems.

In May 2013 the 66th World Health Assembly unanimously approved the Global Action Plan for the Prevention of Avoidable Blindness and Visual Impairment 2014-2019 – Towards Universal Eye Health. The new Global Action Plan (GAP) is now the most important strategic document in eye health. It builds upon and replaces previous VISION 2020 and 2009 – 2013 Action Plans.