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Trends in prevalence of blindness and distance and near vision impairment over 30 years: an analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study

Rupert RA Bourne, Jaimie D Steinmetz, Seth Flaxman, Paul Svitil Briant, Hugh R Taylor, Serge Resnikoff, Robert James Casson, Amir Abdoli, Eman Abu-Gharbieh, Ashkan Afshin, Hamid Ahmadieh, Yonas Akalu, Alehegn Aderaw Alamneh, Wondu Alemayehu, Ahmed Samir Alfaar, Vahid Alipour, Etsay Woldu Anbesu, Sofia Androudi, Jalal Arabloo, Aries Arditi Show all



BACKGROUND: To contribute to the WHO initiative, VISION 2020: The Right to Sight, an assessment of global vision impairment in 2020 and temporal change is needed. We aimed to extensively update estimates of global vision loss burden, presenting estimates for 2020, temporal change over three decades between 1990-2020, and forecasts for 2050. METHODS: We did a systematic review and meta-analysis of population-based surveys of eye disease from January, 1980, to October, 2018. Only studies with samples representative of the population and with clearly defined visual acuity testing protocols were included. We fitted hierarchical models to estimate 2020 prevalence (with 95% uncertainty intervals [..

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Funding Acknowledgements

T W Barnighausen was supported by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation through the Alexander von Humboldt Professor award, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. R R A Bourne received institutional support from Anglia Ruskin University (Cambridge, UK). G Gazzard is employed by University College London and supported by grants from the NIHR (HTA 09/104/40), Moorfields Eye Charity, British Council to Prevent Blindness, Fight for Sight, and the International Glaucoma Association. E R Hartnett's work in this article is supported by NEI R01EY017011 and R01EY015130 and a departmental grant from Research to Prevent Blindness awarded to Moran Eye Center, University of Utah (Salt Lake City, UT, USA), and a core grant EY018400. Y J Kim's work in this study was supported from the Research Management Centre, Xiamen University Malaysia (grant number: XMUMRF/2018-C6/ITCM/0004). A M Samy has a fellowship from the Egyptian Fulbright Mission Program. The views expressed in this Article are those of the authors and not necessarily those of any funding body or Department of Health.