Globally, uncorrected refractive error is the main cause of vision impairment. Most people can see again with a correctly-prescribed pair of glasses.
What is refractive error?
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 error 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 outreach teams, as well as local doctors and nurses, we distribute brand new ready-made glasses, with over 9,329 dispensed in 2020 alone.
We’ll continue to provide glasses until the Pacific nations can meet their own local demand.
Disclaimer: the content on this page is not intended to be medical advice. For medical advice, please contact your local health professional.