World health organization

10 facts about blindness and visual impairment

A boy whose left eye has corneal opacity
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Around 1.4 million children are blind

The major causes of blindness in children include cataract, retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), and vitamin A deficiency. Approximately half of all childhood blindness can be avoided or treated. A global programme in 30 countries, through a partnership between WHO and Lions Clubs International, is providing eye care services to preserve and restore sight in children.

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