The Need

Why

There are an estimated 1.4 million blind children and 5 million visually disabled children around the world. While the causes of blindness in children vary depending generally on the wealth of the region, it is commonly estimated that each year there are 8 new blind children for every 100,000 children in industrialized countries. In less developed countries, the ratio is significantly higher, but difficult to estimate.

Research, especially in methods of prevention and early detection, is part of the key to reducing this often-unnecessary scourge.