The World Health Organization (WHO) launched a report before World Sight Day, October 10, which is a day set aside to address vision impairment the world over.
According to Dr Tedros Adhanom, the Director-General of WHO, eye conditions and vision impairment are widespread and often go untreated.
“It is unacceptable that 65million people who are blind or have impaired sight when their vision could have been corrected overnight with a cataract operation, or that over 800 million struggle in everyday activities because they lack access to a pair of glasses,” he said.
The head of WHO's blindness and vision impairment category added, “Millions of people have vision impairment and are not able to participate in society to their fullest because they can’t access rehabilitation services.
"In a world built on the ability to see, eyecare services including rehabilitation must be provided closer to communities for people to achieve their maximum potential.”
Dr Adhanom further added that vision impairment or blindness could be prevented and Myopia (short-sightedness) can be reduced by increased outdoor time.