All eyes on 2020

2020 marks the culmination VISION 2020 project. Established in 1999, the initiative’s aim was to make major strides towards the eliminating of blindness issues by the end of 2020. To date, the concerted efforts has resulted in an estimation of encouraging 20% fall in today’s global blind population against the world blindness figure in 1999.

Vision 2020 achievements

As a key member of IAPB, Orbis and its volunteers and donors are doing everything possible to fight against blindness. WHO estimated that there were 45 million blind people worldwide in 1999. While the WHO’s projection for 2020 initially indicated a possible twofold increase to around 76 million cases, the planet’s blind population currently stands at roughly 36 million. Fully 20% lower than in 1999, this figure is encouragingly well lower than the WHO’s estimation.

As 2020 approaches, ourselves and our VISION 2020 partners remain determined to leverage our two decades of shared experience to free even more people from the prison of needless blindness.

Recent research has identified that global blindness and visual impairment is now set to triple by 2050.

Whilst effective progress has been made, this rise is directly related to population growth, aging and changes in lifestyle leading to greater numbers of people requiring treatment for conditions such as cataract, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma. Global demand for eye health services are also outstripping supply, with a severe lack of trained ophthalmologists and other eye care workers in the countries where they are most needed.

But this is not our fate. We have the solutions that can stop this crisis in its tracks – but we need your help to do so. By investing in training, technology and teamwork, we can prevent this global Crisis in Sight.

Our three strategies for resolving crisis in sight

we can give even more people the gift of sight.

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