Did you know that over 75% of the 2.2 billion blind or visually impared people around the world have preventable or treatable conditions?
That’s over 1.6 billion people who could have sight if they had access to quality eye care — a number equivalent to the population of the United States and all of Africa combined.
Tragically, nearly 90% of those with preventable or treatable vision conditions live in resource-scarce communities around the world, where access to eye care is limited by location or expense. Even worse: The World Health Organization predicts the number of blind people worldwide to triple by 2050.
Let’s break the cycle of hardship
The burden of blindness is profound. According to the WHO’s most recent report on vision, children with vision impairment often experience developmental delays, limited opportunities to excel in school, and lower self-esteem.
Likewise, the quality of life of blind adults is dramatically impacted. They have lower rates of workforce participation, and increased anxiety and depression — as they get older, there’s also an increased chance of social isolation.
All too often, sight is the difference between starvation and survival.
That incredible burdon extends to family members as well. They carry the crucial responsibility of physical, emotional, and social support for their visually impaired relatives, often at the expense of their own livelihoods. The financial impact of caring for a blind loved one can be devastating.
Giving someone back their sight costs on average $25 and the impact is astounding. Adults go back to work, and support themselves and their families. Children thrive and experience a brighter future. The cycle of hardship is broken.