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Somewhere in the world, someone goes blind every five seconds.
• A child goes blind every minute.
• Eighty percent of all blindness is preventable or curable.
• It is estimated that at least 7 million people go blind every year.
• Worldwide some 180 million people are blind or visually disabled—the equivalent of two-thirds of the
entire U.S. population.
• Rates of blindness will double by the year 2020 unless prevention efforts are intensified.
• People in developing countries represent 90 percent of the world’s blind population and are 10 times
more likely to go blind than those in developed countries.
• Africa averages just one ophthalmologist for every 1.25 million people.
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Somewhere in the world, someone goes blind every five seconds


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A child goes blind every minute

Eighty percent of all blindness is preventable or curable

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It is estimated that at least 7 million people go blind every year

Worldwide some 180 million people are blind or visually disabled—the equivalent of two-thirds of theentire U.S. population

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Rates of blindness will double by the year 2020 unless prevention efforts are intensified

People in developing countries represent 90 percent of the world’s blind population and are 10 times more likely to go blind than those in developed countries

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Africa averages just one ophthalmologist for every 1.25 million people