It is currently estimated that approximately 285 million people across the world have some form of visual impairment. However, this is unevenly distributed, as 90% of the visually impaired are in low and middle-income countries. Strengthening services, improving access, and addressing inequity at the local level are an urgent priority for global eye care. Prevention programmes are essential to achieve these goals and reduce the burden of visual impairment across the world. In this presentation we introduce the epidemiology of blindness and visual impairment. As you watch, try to consider the main causes of visual impairment in your own community and the control strategies that local eye care programmes carry out.
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This video is part of the free online course: Global Blindness: Planning and Managing Eye Care Services. We encourage the use and adaptation of this resource for teaching and learning. Find more Open Educational Resources for eye care on our website at http://iceh.lshtm.ac.uk/oer