The number of blind people is expected to triple by 2050 due to the lack of proper measures in the world.

Vision Day is being observed all over the world including Pakistan today to create awareness among the people about eyesight and to bring out the facts about this disease.

On the occasion, Manza Gilani, Country Director, Site Savers Pakistan, said in a statement that 80% of the people in Pakistan can be saved from blindness and if immediate steps are not taken to prevent this disease, millions of people will fall victim to it.

He said that blindness is a treatable disease but due to lack of eye treatment facilities and poverty, efforts to control the disease have not been successful.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 2.2 billion people worldwide suffer from eye diseases, and the number of infected people in developing countries is four times higher than in developed countries, while half of those infected the disease is treatable.

The number of blind people worldwide could reach 115 million by 2050, with an estimated annual loss of $ 410.7 billion.

Manza Gilani said that eye treatment facilities in Pakistan must be brought up to international standards to prevent the spread of blindness.

He said that Site Savers has worked with the government of Pakistan on various vision projects and through these projects, eye treatment facilities in the country would be improved.

On the occasion of Vision Day in Pakistan, Site Savers has translated the constitution of the country into Braille so that even blind people can read the constitution.

Obstacles to eye treatment in Pakistan include poverty, limited access to urban areas, and lack of full access for people with disabilities.

The rate of cataracts in women is 63% higher than in men, while the number of women seeking treatment is lower than that of men.

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