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  • • 285 million people are visually impaired, as of 2010
  • • A person goes blind every five seconds globally
  • • Uncorrected refractive errors (far and nearsightedness) cause approximately 120 million cases of blindness
  • • Around 1.4 million children are blind
  • • Cataracts are the leading cause of visual impairment
  • • Blindness can be genetic, inherited, caused by an illness such as diabetes or cataracts, or caused by an accident
  • • The CDC estimates that diabetic-related blindness in Americans will triple by 2015
Blindness can

Blindness can
be genetic

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Approx. 2%
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  • • An estimated 82% of the blind are over 50 years old
  • • 28% of people with moderate to severe visual impairment are in their working years
  • • Up to 80% of visual impairment and blindness in adults is treatable or preventable