World Sight Day: People going blind will triple by 2050-- Research
By Mohammad Ibrahim
Oct 12- Kaduna: Research published by The Lancet for World Sight Day 2017 predicted that the number of people who are blind will triple by 2050 unless effort are step up to tackle preventable blindness. The research identifies cataract as one of the biggest causes behind the predicted tripling of people going blind.
A statement by Sighsavers,p Nigeria Country Director, Dr Sunday Isyaku said the world's poorest countries have the highest levels of blindness with part of sub-saharan Africa amongst the worst affected areas. " In Nigeria, across all ages 1.09 percent are blind and 4.23 percent are blind across all ages. I.09 percent are blind and 4.23 percent have a severe or moderate visual impairment. " The leading causes of blind and visual impairment are un Uncorrected refractive errors( 123.8 million people worldwide) and cataract (65.2 million worldwide), followed by age related mascular degeneration and glaucoma," the statement reads. As part of its response to these trends, Sighsavers has announced a final push to fund a million cataract treatment in developing countries, supported by UK government. Sighsavers Chief Executive Officer, Caroline Harper was reported to have said 'I am very concerned to hear that levels of avoidable blindness, which had been steadily declining are now projected to increase significantly over the next few decades. " This means we must redouble our efforts, especially to treat cataracts which are the biggest cause of blindness in developing countries.
Our partnership with the UK government will put fresh impetus into our a million miracles campaing. We are over 75 percent of the way there so this is the final pust to reach our target," she said. International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness ( IAPB) in their message for 2017 world Sight Day says it will be launching " IAPB Vision Atlas" with the latest global data and evidence on blindness and vision Impairment. The IAPB vision Atlas will help eye care organisations, ministries of health, policy makers and eye health advocates compare vision impairment trends over time and in different parts of the world.
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