IAPB Vision Atlas News

Avoidable Blindness Set To Increase In Future

On World Sight Day, eye care organisations around the world take note of new data that shows that global eye care efforts are at serious risk of being overwhelmed—unless we act now. New data published in the Lancet Global Health shows that decades of declining “avoidable blindness”—those with uncorrected refractive errors and cataract—is plateauing, and…

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IAPB Vision Atlas: Key Messages

The IAPB Vision Atlas will be revised with the latest data and projections on World Sight Day this year (12 October 2017). The updated Atlas will include the latest blindness and visual impairment prevalence data (2015) along with the main causes. The prevalence data will go back to 1990 and will also include projections to…

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New Data: FAQs

Here are some FAQs about the new Vision Loss Expert Group (VLEG) data (our VLEG FAQs!). Do leave your questions below this post as comments (if you have any more) and we will update this post. Where can I access the new data on blindness and visual impairment prevalence? The new data is available for…

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Latest Global Blindness & VI prevalence figures published in Lancet

Tejah Balantrapu

New paper notes that there were 253 million people with visual impairment—and a staggering 1.1 billion people with near vision impairment--in 2015. This Vision Loss Expert Group paper sets the stage for an updated IAPB Vision Atlas on World Sight Day 2017.  A paper published today in the Lancet estimates that there were 36 million people…

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Australia Plans Second National Eye Health Survey

VISION 2020 Australia and the Centre for Eye Research Australia are planning a follow-up survey to their successful 2016 National Eye Health Survey (NEHS). The new survey can accurately track progress in reducing the burden of blindness and vision impairment. Carla Northam, CEO of VISION 2020 Australia, says: “Our work is not done. Equipped with the…

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Diabetes and Depression: Let’s break the link

Johannes Trimmel

On World Health Day, Johannes Trimmel, IAPB’s Director for Advocacy talks about the link between depression and diabetic eye disease and the difference their health-care professionals can make. “Depression: let’s talk” is the theme of this year’s World Health Day. This is a timely call, as mental health is generally still under-recognised. This might be…

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World Sight Day 2017: Make Vision Count

World Sight Day is the most important advocacy and communications event on the eye health calendar. It is a great time to engage with the world at large – a patient’s family, those who seldom get an eye exam, diabetics. World Sight Day 2017 will be on 12 October 2017. This year’s call to action:…

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IAPB Position Papers on Spectacles

Spectacles. It is shocking that even today, an estimated 120 million people live a severely disadvantaged life, unable to see things at a distance because they do not have access to a pair. Estimates suggest another half billion or more—yes, Billion—are also suffering from near vision problems. They cannot read or perform near tasks, again simply for want…

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New IAPB Essential List for Trichiasis

trachomatous trichiasis (TT) surgery is one of the components of the WHO SAFE (Surgery, Antibiotics, Face Washing, and Environment) strategy to address trachoma. Trachoma is the world’s leading infectious cause of blindness, and is particularly common in the most vulnerable populations. This updated IAPB Essential List (second edition; March 2017) offers suggestions for the minimum essential and desirable…

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Guidelines for Diabetic Eye Care 2017

The International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) has released the 2017 Guidelines for Diabetic Eye Care. The guidelines include guidance on intravitreal injections, diabetes in pregnancy and more extensive recommendations for treatment. They serve a supportive and educational role for eye care providers, and are intended to improve the quality of eye care for patients around…

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