253 million people suffer globally from visual impairment and blindness.

Additionally, 1.1 billion have near-vision impairment. 89% live in low-middle income countries and over 75% of the causes are avoidable1.

In Pakistan, It has been estimated that 1% of the population is blind, accounting for 2 million people and millions more suffer from vision impairment2.

Building comprehensive programs for patients, the Integrated Eye Care program at IRD focuses on three main aspects: integration, capacity building and innovation for WHO priority eye diseases in both children and adults.




(2) Jadoon MZ, Dineen B, Bourne RRA, Shah SP, Khan MA, Johnson GJ, Gilbert CE, Khan MD. Prevalence of Blindness and Visual Impairment in Pakistan: The Pakistan National Blindness and Visual Impairment Survey, Investig. Ophthalmology Vis. Sci. 47 (2006) 4749. doi:10.1167/iovs.06-0374.