More than 1 billion people worldwide are living with vision impairment

At least 2.2 billion people have a vision impairment or blindness, of which More than 1 billion people worldwide are living with vision impairment could have been prevented or have yet to be addressed.

More than 1 billion people worldwide are living with vision impairment since they don’t get the consideration they required for conditions like short and farsightedness, glaucoma, and waterfall, as showed by the principal World report on the vision given by the World Health Organization.

The report, propelled in front of World Sight Day on 10 October, found that maturing populaces, changing ways of life and constrained access to eye care, especially in low-and center salary nations, are among the primary drivers of the rising quantities of individuals living with vision hindrance.

14 million people in U.S are visually impaired
More than 1 billion people worldwide are living with vision impairment

“Eye conditions and vision weakness are across the board, and unreasonably regularly despite everything they go untreated,” says Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. “Individuals who need eye care must be able to get quality intercessions without enduring monetary hardship. Counting eye care in national wellbeing plans and fundamental bundles of consideration is a significant piece of each nation’s adventure towards the all-inclusive wellbeing inclusion.”

Dr. Tedros includes: “It is unsatisfactory that 65 million individuals are visually impaired or have hindered locate when their vision could have been adjusted medium-term with a waterfall activity, or that over 800 million battle in ordinary exercises since they need access to a couple of glasses.”

Comprehensively, at any rate, 2.2 billion individuals have a dream disability or visual deficiency, of whom at any rate 1 billion have a dream debilitation that could have been counteracted or still can’t seem to be tended to.

Other main findings of the report include:

  • The burden of eye conditions and vision hindrance isn’t borne similarly: it is frequently far more prominent in individuals living in rustic zones, those with low salaries, ladies, more established individuals, individuals with inabilities, ethnic minorities, and indigenous populaces.
  • The neglected need for separation vision impedance in low-and center pay areas is evaluated to be multiple times higher than in high-salary districts.
  • Low- and middle-income regions of western and eastern sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia have rates of blindness that are eight times higher than in all high-income countries. Rates of cataract and trachomatous trichiasis are higher among women, particularly in low- and middle-income countries.
  • US$14.3 billion is needed to address the backlog of 1 billion people living with vision impairment or blindness for short and farsightedness and cataracts.

Main causes of rising cases of vision impairment

Eye conditions that can cause vision impairment and blindness–such as cataract, trachoma and refractive error–are the focus of national prevention and other eye care strategies. But eye conditions that rarely impair vision, including dry eye and conjunctivitis, must not be overlooked as they are among the main reasons for people to seek eye health care services in all countries, the report states.

The combination of a growing and aging population will significantly increase the total number of people with eye conditions and vision impairment since prevalence increases with age.

Other main drivers of the most common eye conditions include:

  • Myopia (near-sightedness): Increased time spent indoors and increased “near work” activities are leading to more people suffering from myopia. Increased outdoor time can reduce this risk.
  • Diabetic retinopathy: increasing numbers of people are living with diabetes, particularly Type 2, which can impact vision if not detected and treated. Nearly all people with diabetes will have a retinopathy in their lifetimes. Routine eye checks and good diabetes control can protect people’s vision from this condition.
Diabetic retinopathy
  • Late detection: Because of weak or poorly integrated eye care services, many people lack access to routine checks that can detect conditions and lead to the delivery of appropriate preventive care or treatment.

Access to services

They need stronger integration of eye care within national health services, including at primary health care level, to ensure that it addresses the eye care needs of more people, including through prevention, early detection, treatment and rehabilitation, the report found.

Dr. Alarcos Cieza, who heads WHO’s work to address blindness and vision impairment, says: “Millions of people have severe vision impairment and cannot take part in society to their fullest because they can’t access rehabilitation services. In a world built on the ability to see, eye care services, including rehabilitation, must be provided closer to communities for people to achieve their maximum potential.”

The report states that all people living with blindness and severe vision impairment who cannot be treated can still lead independent lives if they access rehabilitation services. Options include optical magnifiers and reading use Braille, to smartphone viewfinders and orientation and mobility training with white canes.

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