At least 2.2 billion people globally have a near or distance visual impairment
, the World Health Organization states in its recent report. The adverse influence visual impairments have on people's lives is manifold.
Children with early vision impairments frequently experience delayed motor, language, emotional, social, and cognitive development and may struggle to perform academically. Adults have higher chances of developing anxiety and depression and are more inclined to social isolation.
Near and distance visual impairments have an economic impact, too. Lancet Global Health
reports: the annual global costs of productivity losses associated with vision impairment from uncorrected myopia and presbyopia alone are estimated at $ 244 billion and $ 25.4 billion, respectively.
As providers of healthcare technology solutions
, how can we use modern tech to make the lives of people with visual impairments easier, safer, and more independent? We've explored the topic and shared our findings below.