WHAT’S THE PROBLEM? WHY SHOULD WE CARE?
285 million people are estimated to be visually impaired worldwide:
39 million are blind
246 million have low vision.
About 90% of the world's visually impaired live in low-income settings
(Source: WHO Visual Impairment and Blindness Factsheet 2014)
This is an unnecessary tragedy, because 80% of blindness can be cured.
That means, 4 out of 5 people who are blind can be cured.
Watch a four minute video
It's such a small organ, the eye... and what a big role it plays. Close your eyes and see how big.- Dr. Sanduk Ruit, Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology
4 out of 5 people who are blind don’t have to be
Advancement in medical technology has allowed cataract patients to see again through an 8 minute, low cost surgery.
With proper post-operation care patients are able to regain their sight within 48 hours or less. Yet 20 million people are still blinded by cataracts.