Globally, uncorrected refractive error is the main cause of visual impairment. Most people can see again with a correctly-prescribed pair of glasses.
What is refractive error?
Responsible for 43 percent of visual impairment globally, refractive error is a very common eye disorder that occurs when the eye cannot focus clearly. This causes blurred vision or vision impairment. A refractive error happens when the eye is shaped in such a way that light cannot be sharply focused on the retina. There are several types of refractive error, including myopia (short-sight or near-sight) and hyperopia (long-sight or far-sight). Refractive errors can be treated with glasses, contact lenses, or surgery.
How can it be addressed in the Pacific?
We train our eye doctors and eye nurses to treat refractive error.
Through our Pacific clinics and surgical outreach teams we distribute brand new ready-made glasses, with over 12,575 dispensed in the last year alone.
We’ll continue to provide glasses until the Pacific nations can meet their own local demand.
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