|Seniors and Blindness Prevention (April, 2012)|
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that up to 80% of blindness is avoidable and the result of diseases that can be prevented or treated to restore vision. The majority of blind people are over age 50.
To address the problem, countries need national eye care plans that integrate ophthalmological services into primary care systems to ensure people have access to these services.
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Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization