WHO / REPORT ON VISION

08-Oct-2019 00:03:43
A New report from the World Health Organization (WHO) said that at least 2.2 billion people have vision impairment or blindness, of which over 1 billion cases could have been prevented or have yet to be addressed. WHO / FILE
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DATELINE: 07 OCTOBER 2019, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / FILE
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07 OCTOBER 2019, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

1. Various shots, eye testing
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Alarcos Cieza, Coordinator Blindness, Deafness and Disabilities, World Health Organization (WHO):
“Today we can say there is at least 2 billion people around the world with vision impairment. From these 2.2 billion people, at least 1 billion are living with a vision impairment that could have been prevented or is still to be addressed. Something needs to be done.”
3. Various shots, eye testing
4.SOUNDBITE (English) Alarcos Cieza, Coordinator Blindness, Deafness and Disabilities, World Health Organization (WHO):
“To address the need for these 1 billion people that today do not have access to simple glasses or cataract operations, the cost to address this would US$14 billion.”

FILE – SIGHTSAVERS - NOVEMBER 2018, BHOPAL, INDIA

5. Various shots, eye hospital

07 OCTOBER 2019, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

6. SOUNDBITE (English) Alarcos Cieza, Coordinator Blindness, Deafness and Disabilities, World Health Organization (WHO):
“One of the actions that we require and promote in the report is eye care services need to be an integral part of the health sector.”

FILE – SIGHTSAVERS - NOVEMBER 2018, BHOPAL, INDIA

7. Various shots, eye hospital

FILE – SIGHTSAVERS – APRIL 2019, MOZAMBIQUE

8. Various shots, eye testing

FILE – SIGHTSAVERS - OCTOBER 2018, SENEGAL

9.Various shots, child cataract surgery
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A New report from the World Health Organization (WHO) said that at least 2.2 billion people have vision impairment or blindness, of which over 1 billion cases could have been prevented or have yet to be addressed.

More than 1 billion people worldwide are living with vision impairment because they do not get the care they need for conditions like short and far sightedness, glaucoma and cataract, according to the first World report on vision issued by the World Health Organization.

SOUNDBITE (English) Alarcos Cieza, Coordinator Blindness, Deafness and Disabilities, World Health Organization (WHO):
“Today we can say there is at least 2 billion people around the world with vision impairment. From these 2.2 billion people, at least 1 billion are living with a vision impairment that could have been prevented or is still to be addressed. Something needs to be done.”

The report, launched ahead of World Sight Day on 10 October, found that ageing populations, changing lifestyles and limited access to eye care, particularly in low- and middle-income countries, are among the main drivers of the rising numbers of people living with vision impairment.

SOUNDBITE (English) Alarcos Cieza, Coordinator Blindness, Deafness and Disabilities, World Health Organization (WHO):
“To address the need for these 1 billion people that today do not have access to simple glasses or cataract operations, the cost to address this would US$14 billion.”

According to WHO, eye conditions that can cause vision impairment and blindness – such as cataract, trachoma and refractive error – are the main focus of national prevention and other eye care strategies. But eye conditions that do not typically impair vision, including dry eye and conjunctivitis, must not be overlooked as they are among the main reasons for people to seek eye health care services in all countries, the report states.

The combination of a growing and ageing population will significantly increase the total number of people with eye conditions and vision impairment, since prevalence increases with age.

SOUNDBITE (English) Alarcos Cieza, Coordinator Blindness, Deafness and Disabilities, World Health Organization (WHO):
“One of the actions that we require and promote in the report is eye care services need to be an integral part of the health sector.”

Stronger integration of eye care is needed within national health services, including at primary health care level, to ensure that the eye care needs of more people are addressed, including through prevention, early detection, treatment and rehabilitation, the report found.

The report states that all people living with blindness and severe vision impairment who cannot be treated are still able to lead independent lives if they access rehabilitation services. Options include optical magnifiers and reading use Braille, to smartphone wayfinders and orientation and mobility training with white canes.
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