Blurred Vision

From drivers straining to see the road to children who can’t see their textbooks, those in dire need for eyeglasses have taken a backseat to more complex global health priorities, like infectious diseases. 

But up to 2.5 billion people who need eyeglasses don’t have them—costing the global economy $200 billion a year in lost productivity, the WHO estimates. Yet the issue commands less than 1% of global health resources.

Lack of eyecare “adds another hurdle to countries struggling to break the cycle of poverty,” says Kovin Naidoo of Our Children’s Vision, one of a clutch of nonprofits working to put frames on faces around the world.

The New York Times

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