The Global State of Vision

At Orbis, we believe that no one should live a life of blindness simply because of where they were born. But for too many people in low- and middle-income countries, where eye care is often difficult—sometimes even impossible—to access, avoidable vision loss and blindness continue to affect countless lives unnecessarily.
The eye care community has made significant progress toward offsetting global blindness projections that were expected to triple over the next three decades just a few years ago. Despite this progress, however, without faster improvement, blindness will still affect 60 million people by 2050.
As people live longer, the world’s population grows, and as lifestyle changes, many people with sight-threatening conditions need eye care. Yet, all the while, the number of people needing eye care exceeds the number of trained ophthalmologists.
Orbis knows that the most effective, lasting solution to these challenges is to ensure that eye care professionals everywhere can access quality ophthalmic training, building the skills they need to provide quality eye care to patients where they live.
When eye care teams get the training they need, patients get the eye care they deserve—and with it, the chance to return to school or work, engage in their community, and lead a more prosperous life. Moreover, the ripple effects of that progress go on to be felt throughout entire communities.
Together, we can build a world where no one lives without sight because of avoidable causes.

The Problem

338338million people are blind or have moderate to severe visual impairment

7777% of global blindness is avoidable

9090% of people with vision loss live in low and middle income countries

9090 Million children worldwide have vision loss

22 Million are blind

5555% of people with vision loss are women and girls


€1 invested in eye health in low and middle-income countries is estimated to yield an economic gain of €4

Together, we can build a world where no one lives without sight because of avoidable causes.