More than 161 million people in the world are visually impaired, of whom 124 million people have low vision and 37 million are blind. Up to 75% of all blindness is avoidable or treatable. The objective of the Church’s vision care program is to strengthen eye care services to the poor by supplying essential technical training, equipment, supplies, and organizational support to assist local eye care professionals and programs.
Using ophthalmologists who volunteer their time, the Church has assisted local eye care professionals and programs resulting in benefit to over 180,000 individuals since 2003.
In 2009, the Church supported vision care projects in 23 countries, including Democratic Republic of Congo, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Lebanon, Liberia, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nigeria, Panama, Paraguay, Philippines, Ukraine, Uruguay, Venezuela, and Vietnam.