New research by Queen’s University Belfast has suggested that offering glaucoma screening in China could save millions of years of blindness for its population.

Researchers revealed how a national screening programme could save the government money while also avoiding three million years of blindness in China’s 434 million people who are aged 50 and over.

Dr Jianjun Tang from the Centre of Public Health at Queen’s University Belfast, said: ‘Our research illustrates that a national screening programme in China is a win-win scenario for both patients and the government, and we hope this research will inform future healthcare policies.’