Data in 2004 alone point about 37 million blind people in the world, most of them living in the poorest of countries. Over two-thirds of these cases, particularly those related to aging and Vitamin A deficiency, are actually preventable and treatable.
Prevention is still key and people should be made aware of the early warning signs of loss of sight. Education can substantially mitigate the need for rehabilitation and long term eye care.
To this end, Standard Chartered Bank, on an international scale, has adopted the cause of treating and tackling preventable blindness. The program, launched by (SCB) in 2003 and known... read more