About 285 million people are visually impaired worldwide: 39 million are blind and 246 million have low vision (severe or moderate visual impairment).
4 out of 5 blind or visually impaired people are avoidably so -- preventable cause are as high as 80% of the total global visual impairment burden.
About 90% of the world's visually impaired people live in developing countries.
Lack of adequate training for healthcare professionals is a problem around the world. Providing first-rate training is essential to solving this problem, and it's a primary component of our efforts. We conduct our training programs by collaborating with local hospitals, on our Flying Eye Hospital and through Cybersight – our online telehealth portal.
If a child is born with an eye condition or has problems with their sight, their visual perception may not develop fully. It is essential that any problems are treated as early as possible while the brain is still learning to see – up to around seven or eight years old. If we don’t reach a child in time, there is a risk that a child will lose their sight permanently.