Eye care: A Best Buy in Healthcare. Research by Seva shows every $1 invested in eye health returns $36 in benefits. Globally, visual impairment affects 1/4 of the world’s population. Only half get the care they need. Eye care Intervention Returns Compared to Interventions in Other Areas - Typical benefits per $1 spent: Eye health = $36; Nutrition = $13; Noncommunicable diseases = $9; All development = $6. Proven eye care remedies are scalable and inexpensive, ensuring clear vision costs less than $10 per year per person to see clearly with technologies we know work.

Eye health: a best buy in global health and development

A ground-breaking study, published in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization, demonstrates that every dollar spent on refractive error or cataract correction produces $36 in benefits, on par with other 'Best Buys' in international development. To uncover this finding, a team of researchers first conducted a systematic review, identifying all peer-reviewed studies published since 2001 that estimated productivity, learning and welfare impacts from correcting refractive error and cataract. Using benefit-cost analysis, the report meticulously and transparently quantifies the return on investment of 21 identified studies across 10 low-and-middle-income countries. With a median return of $36 for every $1 invested the paper presents an unequivocal case for action on eye health.

Read the full article in Bulletin of the World Health Organization:
The case for investment in eye health: systematic review and economic modelling analysis

Seva is a global nonprofit eye care organization that works with local communities around the world to develop self-sustaining programs that preserve and restore sight. Seva has provided surgeries, eyeglasses, medicine, and other eye care services to 57 million people in more than 20 countries.

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