VISION …ensuring its presence, dealing with its loss
Every 5 seconds someone in the world becomes blind. Every minute a child becomes blind. In Nigeria approximately 1.2 million people are blind and 4.08 million persons are severely visually handicapped. These numbers will almost double by the year 2020 unless concerted action is taken. 80% of this vision loss is avoidable — either preventable or treatable with currently available knowledge and technology. In practical terms, working together, we can restore or prevent visual loss in about 960,000 Nigerians and another 4.08 million Nigerians can be saved from low vision.