The impact of Vision 2020 on global blindness.

Foster, A; Resnikoff, S; (2005) The impact of Vision 2020 on global blindness. Eye (London, England), 19 (10). pp. 1133-5. ISSN 0950-222X DOI:

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INTRODUCTION: Recent data suggest that there are 37 million blind people and 124 million with low vision, excluding those with uncorrected refractive errors. The main causes of global blindness are cataract, glaucoma, corneal scarring (from a variety of causes), age-related macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy. CONCLUSION: It would appear that the global Vision 2020 initiative is having an impact to reduce avoidable blindness particularly from ocular infections, but more needs to be done to address cataract, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy.

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases > Dept of Clinical Research
Research Centre: The International Centre for Evidence in Disability
International Centre for Eye Health
PubMed ID: 16304595
Web of Science ID: 232469900016


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