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Investing in Vision

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Posted on December 26, 2012
Topic: Advocacy/Vision 2020
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This report examines the financial burden to countries due to visual loss, and the cost benefit––if any––for countries to take action. The conclusion reached is that eliminating avoidable blindness and visual impairment is a worthy investment.

The report’s key findings are:

  • Globally, the benefits of eliminating avoidable blindness and visual impairment far exceed the investment required by a multiple of 2.8 times the cost.
  • If developing countries are examined alone, the benefits outweigh the costs by a multiple of 4.1.

This research, conducted by Price Waterhouse Coopers, provides a vital tool for advocacy efforts to convince governments and other potential supporters of the cost effectiveness and quantifiable value of eye care.

Sponsors of the research and resulting report include the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness, CBM, Light for the World, Operation Eyesight Universal, Sightsavers, The Fred Hollows Foundation, and others.

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