Eliminating Poor Vision in a Generation. What Will It Take To Eliminate Uncorrected Refractive Errors by 2050?

This is an Essilor report with contributions from different partners that seeks to define the scale of the vision care crisis, as it relates to uncorrected refractive errors, over the next 30 years and proposes key priorities, actions and investment needed to sustainably address it.

  • The report provides an evidence based plan, using analytical support provided by McKinsey & Company, with the objective of catalyzing greater engagement and resources, and inspire widespread systems change by clarifying what it will take to eliminate refractive errors by 2050.

  • The number of people suffering from URE in 2018 was estimated to be 2.7 billion people. Calculations in this report use this figure, while the report makes the case to create a sustainable infrastructure that can service many more.

  • While other strategies are recognized, this report proposes specific interventions for investment as priorities to bring about access to glasses.

  • It proposes the development of a global network of primary vision care providers conforming NGOs, philanthropic and government organizations in the provision of eyeglasses as a solution to refractive errors.

  • Innovation investment estimates of approximately US$0.7 Billion in low-cost, digital or automated screening tools requiring less operator training would be needed to significantly accelerate the scale-up of digitization of existing and new efforts.

  • In addition, US$4.5 Billion is needed to increase awareness of poor vision and its socio-economic impact at an individual and societal level.

  • US$6.2B to fill funding gaps across affordability and access for people unable to pay for services and US$2.4 Billion to create 1 million new sustainable access points which will equip 90 percent of the population in need.

Publication date

November 5, 2019


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