Viewpoint: Seeing clearly

Ella Gudwin outlines the benefits of better global eye health and calls for eye care professionals to get involved

Momentum is building in global eye health to solve the problem of one billion people living without the eyeglasses they need to see to earn, learn, be safe and enjoy all of life’s beautiful details. It is an exciting moment for us as a sector, for eye health professionals everywhere and, most importantly, for the communities we serve.  

We now have a global consensus that eye health is a driver of the human development agenda. In 2021, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously adopted the first resolution on eye health, linking affordable and accessible vision correction to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. This resolution calls on governments and the international community to create access to eye care by 2030, integrating it into universal health coverage, including at the primary care level. 

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