In India Life Expectancy, nearly 4.6 crore people have a low vision which depicts that the cases of weak eyesight are on the rise. In the last 30 years, the number of such people has doubled.
In 1990, only four crore people in the country had a slight vision defect. At present, more than 13 crore Indians cannot focus on things close to their eyes. The list was released by the two international organizations, Vision Los Expert Group (VLEG) and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB).
According to experts, by 1990, the average life expectancy of Indians was about 59 years, while in 2019, it is 70 years. According to the latest report, about 70 per cent of the country’s blind are over the age of 50. Besides, people who have diabetes have been accused of blindness. Surprisingly, one in six people with diabetes has retinopathy.
According to reports, India has the highest rate of diabetes cases after China. China has about 11.6 crore diabetics, while India has about 7.7 crores.
In India, the number of cases of “near vision loss” or presbyopia (those who are unable to see things nearby) has more than doubled in the last 30 years.
5.77 crore people were having eyesight defect in 1990 which has doubled or 13.8 crores in 2019. India ranks first in the world in the case of the blindness. There are 9 million people in the country who are unable to see. The number of visually impaired people in China is 89 lakhs.
The question here is what is MSVL or Moderate and Severe Vision Loss? Visual accuracy is less than 6/18 or 3/60. This means, if a person has MSVI 3/360 problems, it means that the person can see them from a distance of 3 feet. But those who have the right eyesight can see from a distance of 60 feet. In the case of blindness, visual accuracy is less than 3/60.
Written By Akankshya Mahapatra
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