Universal eye health: a global action plan 2014–2019
Globally, 285 million people are visually impaired, of whom 39 million are blind. A rapidly ageing population means that the impact of vision loss is expected to rise. Many people who are visually impaired face a lifetime of inequality, as they often have poorer health and face barriers to education and employment. It is estimated that 80% of all vision impairment can be prevented or cured. Countries should provide high-quality and affordable eye care services for all and educate people about the importance of eye disease prevention and care. In 2013, the World Health Assembly approved Universal eye health: a global action plan 2014-2019, a roadmap for Member States, WHO and partners to achieve a measurable reduction of 25% of avoidable visual impairments by 2019.