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October 26, 2017 Critical New Data on Vision Impairment

Data for causes of vision impairment and blindness form an important basis of recommendations in public health policies. While the prevalence of blindness has decreased globally, and vision for millions of people has been saved, there is still much to do.

The Vision Loss Expert Group published two articles in The Lancet in conjunction with World Sight Day that offer both valuable statistics and concerning analysis: 

  • The global level of blindness caused by cataracts in adults over age 50 has remained almost unchanged, declining from 36.7 percent in 1990 to 35.1 percent in 2015, with a further decline to 34.7 percent predicted by 2020. 
  • As the population aged 50-plus is set to rise dramatically, stalled progress on cataracts and other causes of blindness—and the progressive nature of those diseases—means the number of blind individuals is expected to triple by the year 2050. 
  • A lack of access to eye health care in low- and middle-income countries has slowed progress.

The articles––“Global Causes of Blindness and Distance Vision Impairment 1990–2020: a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis” and “Global Causes of Vision Loss in 2015”––follow the Vision Loss Expert Group’s earlier projections on global blindness and low vision published in the September 2017 issue of The Lancet.

On World Sight Day 2017, the IAPB Vision Atlas was published, which presents this complex data through maps and infographics along with context and expert commentary. The Atlas is an effective new tool for understanding these trends and for advocating an increased commitment to eye health. 


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August 4, 2017 IAPB Releases Updated Statistics about Blindness and Low Vision

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) has released updated statistics for the prevalence of blindness and low vision. These findings, published on 2 August in the Lancet, provide the latest global estimates of the prevalence of blindness and visual impairment in the world.

The paper, published in the Lancet by the Vision Loss Expert Group (VLEG), provides the latest global estimates of the prevalence of blindness and MSVI in the world. By analysing data from 1990 to 2015, the VLEG have employed a sophisticated methodology to produce these detailed estimates, which also includes projections to 2020 for the first time.


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November 27, 2017 ICO Member Societies Make Vision Count for World Sight Day

ICO Member societies actively engaged in World Sight Day 2017, successfully advancing awareness about eye health. The Ophthalmological Society of Taiwan (TOS), for example, hosted events that garnered significant media coverage and tens of thousands of online interactions.

Collaborating with nongovernmental organizations, Alcon Taiwan, and the government, the TOS kicked off their “More to See” Cataract Awareness Campaign with an eye care press conference in August. The TOS then held a Facebook photo contest, “Love From Your Eyes,” which creatively linked eye health to making emotional connections through eye contact. The contest attracted 500 participants and 27,000 “likes” on social media.

“World Sight Day in Taiwan,” a second press conference in October, focused on the large percentage of Taiwanese who overuse 3C products (ie, computer, communication, and consumer electronics), and their negative impact on both eye health and social interactions.

Thank you ICO Member societies for working to ensure that World Sight Day is a successful advocacy and communications event.


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October 5, 2017 World Sight Day: Thursday, 12 October 2017

“Make Vision Count” on World Sight Day (WSD) Thursday, 12 October 2017. Raise public awareness of blindness and vision impairment as major international public health issues. Get information, ideas, promotional material, and an implementation pack to give voice to our collective commitment to universal eye health at: www.iapb.org/wsd17.

Use new resources––like the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) Vision Atlas and the recent The Lancet article with the latest projections on global blindness and low vision––as powerful tools for advocacy, planning, and fundraising.


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