Lack of Access to Eye Care Services Leading to Avoidable Blindness

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To mark the start National Eye Health Week, Lenstore has investigated the state of the world's eyesight. They've used their research to create an infographic about visual impairment around the world, to raise awareness about some of the key issues.

Leading Causes of blindness Around the World

Leading Causes of blindness Around the World

Cataract can be cured with a 15 minute operation and £28

Over 285 million people around the world suffer from visual impairment, and over 80% of their suffering is easily avoidable. Lenstore have released an infographic to coincide with the start of National Eye Health Week on 16th September.  With World Sight Day also on October 10th, Lenstore has been researching the prevalence of avoidable blindness and vision impairment around the world, and looking at the people most affected. To generate awareness of their findings, they have created an infographic on the state of the world’s eyesight.

According to the Vision2020 report, it is a little known fact that 90% of visually impaired people live in low- and middle-income countries, over two-thirds are women, and 65% are over 50. This is primarily because they lack access to optical help, with some countries having less than 1 Ophthalmologist per million people. The lack of access to eye care services is leading to blindness, caused by avoidable or curable conditions. For example, although cataract can be cured with a 15 minute operation and £28, it is still the leading cause of blindness in developing countries. In contrast, the biggest cause of blindness in high-income countries is Age-Related Macular Degeneration, for which no cure exists.  The infographic presents the main causes of visual impairment around the world whilst promoting the aims of Vision 2020, showing how much additional investment is required to eliminate avoidable blindness around the globe by 2020.

The infographic can be found at

About Lenstore
Founded in 2008, Lenstore is one of the UK’s leading online contact lens retailers, and was recently ranked as the 10th fastest-growing privately owned UK business in the Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100. Combining professional eye care with fast delivery and dispatch times, Lenstore provides high quality customer service and optical advice to over 100,000 customers. For press enquiries, please contact Sarah Sheridan on press(at)lenstore(dot)co(dot)uk.

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