At least 2.2 billion people are blind or visually impaired. Here’s why.

Hanoi, Vietnam - 15 March, 2018: Phunong Gha Seung, 5, is training his vision with a synoptophore to recover his vision at the Pediatric Ophthalmology Department of the Vietnam National Institute of Ophthalmology in Hanoi. On average a kid spend 7-8 hours per day looking at the devices to practice their vision with the hope if recover or at least improve it, the treatment takes 10 days. This Eye Hospital is the biggest eye hospital in Viet Nam with more than 600 staff, including 130 eye doctors, SPLIT IN 10 clinical departments. They attend more than 2,000 patients per day and they conduct around 200 eye operations per day, as cataract, glaucoma, LASIK for myopia, pediatric eye treatments, and cosmetic surgery. Ophthalmic nurses from all over the country come here for training, and even eye doctors come also from abroad, like Cambodia and Laos for training.

Worldwide, at least 2.2 billion people are visually impaired, and over 1 billion are forced to live with preventable or treatable conditions, simply because they cannot get the care they need. Rapid population growth, ageing and lifestyle changes are set to swell global demand for eye-care in the coming years, according to a new report published by WHO.

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