Are you reading this with your glasses on? As per WHO’s World Vision report 2019, globally, 2.5 billion people live with poor vision. In India, disability in seeing is one of the most common types of disability.
According to 2011 census, out of 26 million disabled people, more than 5 million people have disability in seeing. WHO estimates the number of people with vision impairment will increase due to the growing population, changing lifestyle and urbanisation. People suffering from vision impairment are not distributed equally across the globe.
It varies depending on region, income level, age, gender and area of residence. For instance, there are a third more nearsighted people in rural India in the age group of 60-69 years than in urban India.