October 10th, the second Thursday in October, marks World Sight Day 2019, an annual event dedicated to focusing the global eye on vision impairment and blindness.
World Sight Day, coordinated by the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB), is used to spread awareness of different vision conditions, with this year’s theme, titled ‘Vision First’, focusing on the use of statistics to raise awareness of common vision impairments.
In keeping with the ‘Vision First’ theme, here are 10 statistics surrounding vision impairments and health that you should know:
- 285 million people worldwide are visually impaired. From astigmatism to cataracts, and everything in between, visual impairments make up a large number of us. This number serves as a constant reminder that no matter what visual condition you may be living with, you are not alone! There are others who can offer knowledge and support to you.
- Around 2.5 billion people see poorly but don’t have corrected vision, even though 80% of those vision problems are preventable. This means that 80% of those who experience poor vision can begin seeing clearly if they are willing to take the next step and talk to an eye doctor.
- 23% of drivers worldwide have uncorrected vision problems. These uncorrected vision problems can pose a risk while behind the wheel. Don’t put yourself at risk! Talk to your doctor about making your commute safer by treating your poor vision.
- A 2012 study found that the approximate cost of road accidents due to poor vision was around $55,000,000. This goes to show that even your wallet will thank you for talking to an eye doctor if you are concerned about your vision.
- While people of all ages can be subjected to eye injuries, nearly 35% of all eye injuries occur in those between 18 and 45 years of age.
- Accidents involving common household products cause 125,000 eye injuries each year. This is why it is important to secure all cleaning chemicals when they aren’t being used and to be cautious of all potential hazards in your home.
- Roughly 61 percent of the world’s population wears corrective eyewear. Whether it’s glasses or contacts, a majority of us use them every day to see.
- Around 18 million refractive surgeries are performed yearly worldwide. Refractive surgeries, like LASIK eye surgery, allow millions of people the opportunity to see the world clear without having to rely on glasses or contacts. But how safe is an operation like LASIK eye surgery? Do the positives outweigh the negatives?
- The most recent study reports 99 percent of patients to achieve better than 20/40 vision and more than 90 percent achieve 20/20 or better through LASIK. Additionally, LASIK has a 96 percent patient satisfaction rate, the highest of any elective procedure. Not only is LASIK as safe as any other procedure, but it also boasts an incredibly high success rate.
- The last statistic is one that every person should keep in mind. There are roughly 213,000 ophthalmologists worldwide. This means that any one of these 213,000 professionals can answer all your vision questions and concerns.
If you are concerned about your vision, or the vision of a loved one, don’t stay in the dark! Talk to the nearest eye doctor today, on World Sight Day 2019, about how you can visualize a better future with healthy eyes.