A global health problem
2 500 000 000
This is the number of people for whom uncorrected refractive error (near- and far-sightedness) is drastically reducing their quality of life and limiting their personal potential….. unnecessarily. Ninety percent live in developing countries, where people lack access to eye health professionals, especially in rural areas, and cannot afford a pair of eyeglasses. And with an aging global population, and with increased usage of digital devices, the problem is getting significantly worse year after year.
In low-income countries, where most sufferers of uncorrected visual impairment live, eye health professionals are few and far between, especially in rural areas. As if that obstacle to access were not enough, how many people living on less than $2 per day can afford a pair of custom-made prescription glasses?