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Experts: 750,000 people suffer from blindness in Bangladesh

  • Published at 01:53 am October 12th, 2018
Gowher Rizvi Blindlness
Prime Minister’s International Affairs Adviser Gowher Rizvi speaking at a discussion held in Dhaka on Thursday in observance of World Sight Day 2018Courtesy

Out of 253 million vision impairment, 36 million people are blind

Experts at a discussion have said about 750,000 people in Bangladesh are suffering from blindness while approximately 253 million people in the world live with moderate to severe vision impairment.

Out of 253 million vision impairment, 36 million people are blind, they said on Thursday.

National Eye Care under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare organized the discussion in the city as part of the countrywide observance of the World Sight Day with the theme “Eye Care Everywhere”, said a press release.

Director of National Eye Care Line and National Institute of Ophthalmology and Hospital (NIOH) Dr Golam Mostafa while presenting his keynote paper at the discussion said: “Around 1.5 million children in Bangladesh are suffering from low vision, which can be avoided through intervention while around 250,000 people in Bangladesh risk losing eyesight because of diabetic retinopathy.” 

Prime minister’s International Affairs Adviser Gowher Rizvi addressed the discussion as the chief guest.

Former health and family welfare affairs adviser to the prime minister Dr Syed Modasser Ali, Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology Vice-President Dr Ava Hossain and Ophthalmology Society of Bangladesh President Dr Sharfuddin Ahmed were present as the special guests.

About 89% of the vision impaired people live in low and middle-income countries, the speakers said.

According to the eye health experts, cataract is the main reason for vision impairment while refractive errors, diabetic retinopathy and childhood blindness are also responsible for it.

They said around 80% blindness is avoidable by intervention.