Globally the major causes of visual impairment are: Uncorrected refractive errors – 43%, unoperated cataract – 33%, glaucoma – 2%.
Hyperopia or farsightedness is a common vision problem affecting about 25% of the population.
An estimated 3.1% of deaths worldwide are directly or indirectly due to cataract, glaucoma, trachoma & onchocerciasis.
Worldwide, up to 70% of childhood blindness is preventable.
About 75% of all people over the age of 65 have some form of Cataracts. Early detection and treatment are the best ways to control cataracts.
2010 – Blindness by Race: 83% White, 11% Black, 3% Hispanic, 3% Other
1.6 million Americans aged 50 years and older have age related macular degeneration.
The global financial cost of childhood blindness is said to be between $6 billion & $27 billion.
80% of all learning takes place visually in the first 12 years of life.
48% of parents in the U.S. with children under 12 have never taken their child to an eye care professional the percentage is much higher in Armenia.