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"A guide dog is almost equal in many ways to giving a blind man sight itself. "
Britain's first recipient of a seeing eye dog, 1931
80 percent of blindness is preventable.
Unite for Sight
Director, Center for Primary Care Eye Development
Co-Founder & Chairman
International Trachoma Initiative
Around the world, compromised vision results in illiteracy, lack of education, underemployment, and poverty. The scale of the problem is staggering. The World Health Organization estimates that in developing nations, seven million people go blind every year, eighty percent from avoidable or treatable causes. For instance, 500,000 children go blind each year from vitamin A deficiency. Additionally, one billion people do not have access to the prescription eyeglasses they need, and an estimated five billion people have never had an eye exam. In the United States, approximately 1.8 million children between the ages of 10 and 14 do not have the eyeglasses they need to see the blackboard or read books. These untreated vision problems have an adverse effect on literacy, education and social development.
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