A crisis in sight?

Until recently, the numbers of people around the world who were avoidably blind had been decreasing. However, recent research has identified that global blindness and visual impairment is now set to triple by 2050.

Whilst effective progress has been made, this rise is directly related to population growth, aging and changes in lifestyle leading to greater numbers of people requiring treatment for conditions such as cataract, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma. Global demand for eye health services are also outstripping supply, with a severe lack of trained ophthalmologists and other eye care workers in the countries where they are most needed.

These are alarming statistics, and without action, a vision crisis is looming. However, with your generous support, this needn’t be our fate.

The good news is, 75% of blindness and visual impairment can be prevented or treated. If we act now, we can stop this global crisis in its tracks. We have the solution in our hands – and we believe that 2020 must be a year of action for eye health.

This year, we will continue to invest in three key areas: training, technology and teamwork.

Through upskilling eye health teams, continuing to innovate with the technology we use and by fostering collaboration, we can fight avoidable blindness and give even more people around the world the gift of sight.

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