The Noor Dubai Foundation envisions a world where all individuals living in low income regions and suffering from visual disabilities have access to eye healthcare and are given equal and fair opportunities of treatment that will improve their quality of life.
How prevalent is visual impairment?
The latest worldwide estimates from the World Health Organization (WHO) state that over 285 million people are visually impaired. Of those, 39 million are blind and 246 million have low vision.
Based on the latest estimates, a child goes blind every minute and an adult every 5 seconds.
Facts & Figures:
- Visual impairment is unequally distributed across countries, age groups and genders.
- More than 90% of the world's visually impaired live in developing countries.
- Over 90% of the blind individuals live in areas with no access to quality eye care at an affordable price.
- Although 82% of blind people are over the age of 50, there is prevalence of childhood blindness as well.
- Over 1.4 Million below the age of 15 are currently blind.
- Vitamin A Deficiency is a prevalent cause of preventable blindness in children, with an estimated 250,000 to 500,000 children annually becoming blind due to this nutritional deficiency.
- In every developing country and at all ages, females are at a significantly higher risk of being visually impaired than men.