Globally, 1.1 billion people were living with vision loss in 2020
- 43 million people are blind (crude prevalence: 0.5%).
- 295 million people have moderate to severe vision impairment (crude prevalence: 3.7%).
- 258 million people have mild vision impairment (crude prevalence: 3.3%).
- 510 million people have near vision impairment (crude prevalence: 6.5%)
Breakdown of vision loss chart
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Bourne R, Steinmetz J, Flaxman S, et al., Trends in prevalence of blindness and distance and near vision impairment over 30 years: an analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study. Lancet Glob Health. 2020. Accessed via the IAPB Vision Atlas (https://www.iapb.org/learn/vision-atlas)