Blindness in the World


Global Blindness Data

Global Blindness Data – WHO 2011
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39 million blind (82% over age 50)
246 million with low vision (63% over age 50)
285 million total visually impaired
1.4 million blind children
2.8 million children with low vision
73% of these live in Africa and Asia
90% of the world’s visually impaired people live in developing countries

Blindness reduced by 29 million in 7 years!

WHO’s 2011 data shows a remarkable reduction in blindness from 2004 to 2011. The number of blind dropped from 45 million in 39 million, those with low vision dropped from 269 million to 246 million reflecting a total reduction in overall
visual impairment from 314 million in 2004 to 285 million in 2011.