THE GLOBAL BURDEN OF VISION IMPAIRMENT

(source: IAPB Vision Atlas, 2017).

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BILLION PEOPLE HAVE NEAR VISION IMPAIRMENT
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MILLION PEOPLE ARE DISTANCE VISUALLY IMPAIRED
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MILLION PEOPLE ARE BLIND

HOW DO WE TACKLE BLINDNESS AND VISUAL IMPAIRMENT?

OPC develops programs in collaboration with partner countries and their ministries of health, which have ownership of all programs and are responsible for implementation. OPC fights blindness and empowers underserved communities.

Comprehensive Eye Care Program

Through the comprehensive eye care (CEC) program, OPC combines comprehensive eye exams [series of quality tests and examination conducted with a patient with a vision problem] and comprehensive eye services [eye health promotion, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of all relevant eye diseases and rehabilitation of those with irreversible blindness and low vision] within the existing health system. We do this by:

  • Training health personnel at the different levels of the health system
  • Improving the referral system
  • Improving existing infrastructures
  • Installing mechanisms that will guarantee quality and sustainability
  • Focusing on the prevention of eye diseases through education and awareness

As a result, people get eye exams, glasses, and surgeries including and not limited to cataract at an affordable cost. Health professionals get a better work environment and are more likely to remain in their positions and flourish.