In the WHO European Region, over 30 million people experience visual impairment, including 2.7 million who are blind. Blindness can be avoided in 8 out of 10 cases with appropriate treatment or early prevention.
Eye health can be promoted through the integration of comprehensive eye-care services into existing health systems. General approaches are evidence-based advocacy, development and implementation of eye health policies and programmes, and multistakeholder partnerships to strengthen eye health towards achieving the global target of a 25% reduction in the prevalence of avoidable visual impairment by 2019 (from the 2010 baseline).
The WHO eye care programme supports Member States to reduce avoidable vision impairment as a public health problem, and to secure access to low-vision and rehabilitation services for those in need.