Over 2.2 billion people are blind or visually impaired, and the numbers are rising. Here’s why.

Phunong Gha Seung, 5, is treated at Vietnam’s National Ophthalmology Institute in Hanoi. Staring at screens for too long increases the risk of myopia, or near-sightedness. ©WHO/Sebastian Liste
Patient Joyce Engolan has her eyesight checked at Kenya’s Kakuma Hospital. Over 1 billion people live with preventable or treatable eye conditions. ©WHO/Sebastian Liste
A school girl has her vision tested in Lima, Peru. ©WHO/Sebastian Liste
Boys in class at the Ober Boy’s Primary School in Kakelo, Kenya. The school is pioneering efforts to support visually impaired children. ©WHO/Sebastian Liste



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