Why We Care
There are 45 million people globally who are blind and this figure is estimated to double in the next
20 years. Over and above this figure, there are 150 million victims of severe visual disability.
80% of this blindness is either preventable or curable.
9 out of 10 of the world’s blind people live in developing countries. In India, this happens to be
18 million blind people, an overwhelming 25% of the world’s blind population.
The leading cause of blindness is Cataract which can be prevented through care and surgery. The
statistics on blindness are indeed staggering. For each person going blind the impact is enormous.
Poverty and blindness is a terrifying combination. Loss of sight most often results in social exclusion,
making blind people vulnerable to abuse, destitution and early death.
Vision Foundation of India is on a mission of eradicating curable blindness from even the most
poverty stricken areas of India. We aim at surgically treating of 1.1 million patients by year 2026.