• Over 40 million people in the world are blind, and over 120 million have significant Low Vision that cannot be corrected, cured or treated by conventional refraction, medicine or surgery.• This number is expected to double by the year 2020. (World Health Organization, 2004).• This includes over 1.4 million visually impaired children age 0- 14 years
• Over 90% of these visually impaired people live in developing countries like India.• Nearly 45 million Indians are visually impaired. In other words, every 3rd blind person in the world is an Indian. Almost 80% of them could have been cured.• In developing countries like India, less than 15% of the visually impaired people have access to vision enhancement or rehabilitation services that could help to change their lives.
• A majority of the children with low vision are sent to blind schools because they dont have access to or cannot afford vision enhancement services that could help integrate them into regular schools.• A visually impaired adult or child can be trained, with the help of Vision Enhancement and low vision aids to independently perform at home, school, in the playfield and at work place.• All this is possible if only such people could be made aware and could access and afford such services
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