Global Vision Database Funding

The Global Vision Database has been funded for another 5 years

Recently generous funding by Brien Holden Vision Institute, Fondation Théa, Fred Hollows Foundation, Heidelberg University, Sightsavers, and Lions Club International Foundation has meant the group can continue its activities to maintain the Global Vision Database and provide global updates on prevalence of vision loss.

The Vision Loss Expert Group, an international collaboration of more than 100 ophthalmologists and optometrists with an interest in ophthalmic epidemiology, published the global, regional and country estimates for vision loss by cause for 2010 and then for 2015 with a forecast to 2020 in The Lancet Global Health and the British Journal of Ophthalmology. A collaboration with The International Agency for Prevention of Blindness meant that these data became available to any internet user by accessing the maps of the Vision Atlas ( Now over a decade old, the group continues to work closely with The Global Burden of Disease Study team as the reference group for vision loss.

Immediate plans are for a release of new estimates of vision loss prevalence by cause in 2020 but the project will also focus on risk factors for vision loss and modelling of its impact and the tracking of emerging causes such as myopic macular degeneration.

Professor Rupert Bourne, coordinator for the project said “I am delighted to see the support from eye care organisations for the group’s work. The renewed funding will allow us to continue providing robust and reliable data on the global prevalence and causes of blindness and vision impairment”.