We know that 2.2. billion people have a visual impairment – that’s a quarter of the world’s population – and that the number of people affected in low and middle income countries is four times higher than in high income countries. The inequalities are huge.
Globally, $244 billion is lost in productivity due to unaddressed myopia (short-sightedness), a common refractive error. But on average, across all of Sightsavers’ programmes in Africa and Asia, it costs just $3 to $5 for a pair of prescription glasses – a simple solution which can not only change someone’s entire life, but has also been proven to lead to a significant increase in potential earnings.
Eye care really is a good investment. As Julian Burnett, vice-president of global markets at IBM UK, says: “Imagine the impact on productivity if we refused to let any of our colleagues wear their glasses, even for just a week?”
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