Worldwide Eye Care

  • 36 million people worldwide are blind.
  • 89% of the world's blind live in low and middle-resource countries.
  • 217 million people have moderate to severe visual impairment.
  • More than 75% of visual impairment is avoidable.
  • 55% of moderate or severly vision impaired people are women.

Adding to this burden, the worldwide population is projected to increase in number and, even more significantly, advance in age.

Working to Improve Worldwide Eye Care
The International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) is committed to integrating ophthalmology and eye care into the larger healthcare system, with eye care teams focused on meeting the needs of the public in their communities. To that end, the ICO works closely with the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) and other organizations to increase support for the prevention of blindness and vision loss.
 
The ICO Fellowship program helps promising young ophthalmologists improve their practical skills and broaden their professional outlook.  Most ICO Fellows come from low-resource countries where there are an inadequate number of skilled eye care professionals.  More than 1,000 Fellowships have been awarded since the program began in 2000.

 

Your financial contribution supports International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) programs to enhance education and eye care and to preserve and restore vision worldwide.

 

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