the leading cause of blindness and vision impairment in the world is due to uncorrected refractive errors and cataracts? These are treatable ailments that are, unfortunately, difficult to correct in third world countries. According to Operation Eyesight, an organization that funds quality, comprehensive, sustainable eye care services to third world countries, 90% of vision loss is in low- and middle-income countries. That being said, 90% of vision loss is preventable or treatable.
According to the World Health Organization, about 2.2 Billion people world wide suffer from a distance or near vision problem. In nearly half of those individuals vision impairment could have been prevented or has yet to be addressed.
Globally, the leading causes of vision impairment are:
Vision impairment in children can lead to developmental delays in reading, cognition, motor skills and speech. Adults with visual problems have an increased risk for anxiety, depression and decreased participation in the workforce. Vision contributes to spatial awareness and depth perception, which can affect motor skills in the elderly increasing risk for falls and injury.
Vision exams are extremely important in children and adults to detect vision problems that could potentially cause long-term damage.
To learn more about preventable eye conditions or treatment options, schedule an eye exam with us today!
Did You Know: most blindness diagnosed in the world is preventable or treatable?
Many do not have access to Optometric Facilities and are either not diagnosed, or
do not have proper treatment available for their conditions.