A grandfather in orange with his granddaughter, post surgery, in pink. She is wearing an eye patch

Avoidable blindness

This is the reality facing millions of people around the world today. Globally, 1.1 billion people live with vision loss. 55% of people with vision loss are women and girls, and that’s 112 million more women than men.

Imagine the world around you in darkness.

Our solution

Most of the time what it takes to help someone see is relatively straightforward - removing a cataract, prescribing glasses, providing access to antibiotics or raising awareness of good eye care can be enough to prevent a lifetime of blindness. The challenge is building lasting structures that can deliver the type of care needed for generations to come.

At Orbis, we know the only way to make a real difference is to help build strong health systems that will go the distance and ensure people can receive good, quality eye care when they need it. Thanks to our dedicated volunteers, partners and the hard work of the wider blindness prevention community, the prevalence of visual impairment has dropped from 4.58% in the 1990s to 3.38% today. But, with experts predicting global blindness is set to triple by 2050, there is still a long way to go in the fight to end avoidable blindness altogether. With you and a joint effort with all parties, Orbis will help change the quality of ophthalmologists and build a lasting legacy of quality eye care that will ensure no one goes needlessly blind tomorrow.

Eliminating avoidable blindness is one of the most cost effective ways of fighting poverty. For every $1 invested in blindness prevention, more than $4 is returned in economic terms.


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1 in 7 people on the planet are living with avoidable vision loss or blindness. That's around 1 billion people who would be able to see today if they had received surgery or glasses - the kind of care that many take for granted.

Help to restore more sight