Whether someone’s born without their sight or they lose their sight at some stage during their life, there are many debilitating conditions that have life-changing consequences.
In the UK alone, 250 people will start to lose their sight every day, with 1 in 5 having to live with sight loss during their lifetimes. And the older you are, the higher your risk of developing sight loss – a fifth of people who are 75 years old or older are living with vision loss. However, technological advances mean surgery can often prevent blindness and it is estimated that although laser eye surgery prices can be prohibitively expensive for many, about over 30 million people have now had some sort of laser vision correction surgery with the numbers increasing every year.
Below, we explore the global statistics of blindness before looking more closely at key statistics in the UK and US, including everything from the economic cost of vision problems to the leading causes of blindness in children and adults.
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