Prevention of Blindness and Visual Impairment

Universal eye health: a global action plan 2014–2019

Globally, 285 million people are visually impaired, of whom 39 million are blind. A rapidly ageing population means that the impact of vision loss is expected to rise. Many people who are visually impaired face a lifetime of inequality, as they often have poorer health and face barriers to education and employment. It is estimated that 80% of all vision impairment can be prevented or cured. Countries should provide high-quality and affordable eye care services for all and educate people about the importance of eye disease prevention and care. In 2013, the World Health Assembly approved Universal eye health: a global action plan 2014-2019, a roadmap for Member States, WHO and partners to achieve a measurable reduction of 25% of avoidable visual impairments by 2019.

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Fact

285 millionpeople are visually impaired

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Cause

90%of visual impairment results from chronic eye diseases

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Opportunity

1.4 millionchildren could benefit from vision rehabilitation

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Resolutions

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    Since 1998, a number of World Health Assembly and WHO Executive Board resolutions have addressed the issue of blindness.

Partners

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    WHO engages with a number of partners worldwide to take action on blindness and visual impairment.

Contact us

Ms. Laura Sminkey
Communications Officer
Email: sminkeyl@who.int
Tel.: +41 22 791 45 47
Mob.: +41 79 249 35 20