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Sunday, February 24, 2013

The cost of low vision - new report from IFA




The International Federation of Ageing (IFA) has just published a new report about the prevalence and the cost of ageing in the developed and developing world.


The opening sentence of the Executive Summary says it all:
Vision loss − 80 percent of which is preventable − is currently the leading cause of age-related disability. 
Worldwide, 285 million people are visually impaired, including 39 million who are totally blind. In developing countries, 94 million older people suffer from moderate to severe visual impairment − twice as many as those who suffer from significant hearing impairment.

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