2.2 billion people around the world suffer from eye conditions, visual impairment: WHO

  • A staggering 2.2 billion people around the world suffer from eye condition and visual impairment today, the UN health agency said on Tuesday, noting that ageing populations, changing lifestyles and limited access to eye care are among tha main drivers of the rising numbers of people living with vision impairment.
  • Of the 2.2 billion living with vision impairment or blindness, over one billion cases could have been prevented or have yet to be addressed. These billion people are not getting the care they need for condition like short and far sightedness, glaucoma and contract, according to the first World report on vision issued by the World Health Organization (WHO).
  • While welcoming recent successes in eliminating common condition such as trachoma in eight countries, WHO highlighted evidence indicating that eye problems are increasingly linked to lifestyle choices, including screen time. Alarcos CIeza, who heads WHO’s work to address blindness and  vision impairment, told journalist in Geneva that youngsters are among those at risk.

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