Restoring someone’s sight is the single most cost-effective health intervention to reduce poverty.
By 2050 half of the world’s population will be short sighted (myopic) - potentially the biggest public health issue of our generation. Up to 80% of vision impairment is preventable or treatable.
80% of what a child learns is processed through their sight. Approximately 90% of children with low-vision who live in developing countries are deprived of schooling
If a girl has her vision corrected, she has a better chance of achieving more at school. And for each year she stays in school her income will rise by 10-20%. An educated girl will grow up to gain her rightful place in society and be a force for change, raising the status of girls and women.
The global economy loses $272 billion in productivity each year because of uncorrected vision impairment. That’s more than the total GDP of sixty countries – combined.
About 90% of the world’s visually impaired live in low-income settings. By correcting the vision of all of our children, we have the potential to remove one of the barriers they face in achieving economic and educational equity in the future.