At present at least 2.2 billion people around the world have a vision impairment, of whom at least 1 billion have a vision impairment that could have been prevented or is yet to be addressed.

The United Nations has estimated that about 39 million people are blind globally, while another 1.3 billion people live with some form of near vision impairment.

Blindness in Liberia is increasing by the thousands ever year, according to Dr. Edward B. Gizzie, head of the Liberia Eye Center at the John F.

Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) is a group of inherited retinal degenerations leading to blindness due to photoreceptor loss. Retinitis pigmentosa is a rare disease, affecting only approximately 100 000 people in the United States. There is no cure and no approved medical therapy to slow or reverse RP. The purpose of this clinical trial was to evaluate the safety, reliability, and benefit of the Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System (Second Sight Medical Products, Inc, Sylmar, CA) in restoring some visual function to subjects completely blind from RP.

Navi Mumbai: A recent medical survey conducted by in the city by a group of ophthalmologists has revealed that nearly 29% of diabetic patients are not aware that they are slowly becoming blind due

It is revealed that around 100,000 persons end up blind due to cataract every year in Sri Lanka, while this amount globally is estimated at around 18 million.

Five more patients who were being treated with the drug Avastin for eye disease have been blinded, according to one of the patients and medical professionals.

At least 16 people in two states have gotten severe eye infections, and some have been blinded, from injections of the drug Avastin, according to health authorities and to lawyers representing the

Vitamin A is an essential nutrient needed in small amounts for normal functioning of the visual system, growth and development, maintenance of epithelial cellular integrity, immune function and reproduction.

Alto gether 18 children were born blind in the arsenic affected blocks of Bhojpur district during the past three months, Bihar health minis- ter Nand Kishore Yadav confirmed on Wednesday.

The cause of the blindness was not yet known, but health department officials were in touch with ophthal- mologists, he said.