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Photos: School for Blinds in Sari, Iran

Photos by Farhad Babaei, Mehr News Agency

This is the school for blinds. There are children here whose closed eyes is open to another world; a world full of desire and ability. Their little fingers read the writings of the beauties of this world. These hands know the language of the leaves, trees and flowers; and they hear the beautiful whispers of the nature. These are the hands that only see the brightness, and leave the darkness for those whose eyes are open to this world...

World Sight Day (WSD)
is an international day of awareness, held annually on the second Thursday of October to focus attention on the global issue of avoidable blindness and visual impairment.

Vision 2020: The Right To Sight

Blindness and Visual Impairment: Global Facts

According to estimates from the World Health Organization (WHO) Prevention of Blindness and Deafness Programme:

  • About 285 million people are visually impaired worldwide:
    • 39 million are blind and
    • 246 million have low vision (severe or moderate visual impairment)
  • preventable cause are as high as 80% of the total global visual impairment burden
  • About 90% of the world's visually impaired people live in developing countries
  • Globally, uncorrected refractive errors are the main cause of visual impairment
  • Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness
  • 65% of visually impaired, and 82% of blind people are over 50 years of age, although this age group comprises only 20% of the world population
  • Top causes of visual impairment:
    1. refractive errors,
    2. cataracts and
    3. glaucoma
  • Top causes of blindness:
    1. cataracts,
    2. glaucoma and
    3. age-related macular degeneration
  • The number of people visually impaired from infectious diseases has greatly reduced in the last 20 years

Sari, Iran (View Larger Map)


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