The impact of Vision 2020 on global blindness

Eye (Lond). 2005 Oct;19(10):1133-5. doi: 10.1038/sj.eye.6701973.


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.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Blindness / epidemiology
  • Blindness / etiology
  • Blindness / prevention & control*
  • Global Health*
  • Health Promotion
  • Humans
  • International Cooperation*
  • Ophthalmology / trends
  • Program Evaluation