- 285 million people are visually impaired worldwide: 39 million are blind and 246 million have low vision.
- of those an estimated 19 million children under age 15 are visually impaired.
- About 90% of the world's visually impaired live in developing countries.
- Poverty is both a cause and a consequence of blindness. Poverty and blindness reinforce each other, contributing to increased vulnerability, exclusion and total dependence on others.
World Blind Union & World Health Organization