- 285 million people are visually impaired worldwide: 39 million are blind and 246 have low vision.
- About 90% of the world’s visually impaired live in developing countries.
- Globally, uncorrected refractive errors are the main cause of visual impairment; cataracts remain the leading cause of blindness in middle- and low-income countries.
- The number of people visually impaired from infectious diseases has greatly reduced in the last 20 years.
- 80% of all visual impairment can be avoided or cured.