WORLD STATISTICS OF TOTAL AFFLICTED AND DISEASE CATEGORY (IN MILLION)
Statistics Estimated by 2016
Source: Community Eye Health Journal - Cataract
Source: Eye And Vision - AMD
Source: Glaucoma Research Foundation
Source: Indian Journal Ophthalmology -Diabetic Retinopathy
10% of the global population suffer from the four major eye diseases*, which will lead to permanent blindness if untreated early
Many cases are undetected until advanced stage of disease leading to many of the 40 million permanently blinded worldwide.
As damage from eye diseases are irreversible, early detection is paramount in arresting the state of decline in eye health and preserve sight.
Early detection also results in lower medical costs as disease is arrested at early stages and require less medical care.
*Worldwide incidences of 4 major eye diseases: Age-related Macular Disease (AMD) 170 million
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5178091/ Diabetic Retinopathy (DR) 93 million www.aao.org/preferred-practicepattern/ diabetic-retinopathy-ppp-updated-2016 Cataract 400 million www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1705965/ Glaucoma 60 million www.glaucoma.org/glaucoma/glaucoma-facts-and-stats.php
Out of 760 Million People affected in the world
Many cases are undetected until advanced stage of disease leading to many of the 40 million permanently blinded worldwide.major eye diseases (namely Glaucoma, Diabetic Retinopathy (DR), Age-related Macular degeneration (AMD), and Cataract), and these can be prevented by early detection and treatment.
The problem is every country in the world has a shortage of eye specialists and supporting medical resources.
Manual screening still ongoing, despite the global shortage of ophthalmologists.
Currently, detection of the four major diseases is done manually by an eye specialist when a person consults with him/her.
The problem with every country in the world is that it has a shortage of eye specialists and supporting medical resources.
Such specialist facilities are normally clustered in central sites or major cities.
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