Facts About Blindness and Vision



80 percent of blindness is preventable.

Unite for Sight



42 million people are blind.

One World Sight Project



Almost half of all blindness is caused by cataracts.

One World Sight Project



More than 90% of the world's visually impaired live in developing countries.

World Health Organization



Except for the most developed countries, cataract remains the leading cause of blindness in all regions of the world.

World Health Organization



Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness worldwide.

World Health Organization



62% of Americans have vision defects that require correction.

Vision Council of America



The major causes of world blindness are: cataract, trachoma, glaucoma, xeropthalmia, onchocerciasis, and leprosy.

One World Sight Project



Every seven minutes, someone in America becomes blind or visually impaired.

American Foundation for the Blindness & Vision



One of the earliest depictions of a partnership between a dog and a blind person appears in a first-century AD mural in the ruins of Heculaneum, near Pompeii.

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