By Gino Fanelli via the RBJ
When discussing blindness on a global scale, there are some harsh realities that need to be addressed.
According to the World Health Organization, there are approximately 285 million visually impaired people worldwide, 39 million of whom are completely blind. About 90 percent of those cases are found in the developing world, and about half of those cases are caused by cataracts. According to the Himalayan Cataract Project, an organization aimed at providing cataract treatments to the third world, virtually all of those cataract patients are needlessly blind, and can be cured with a 10-minute, $25 procedure. In fact, the Project estimates 80 percent of all blindness is preventable or treatable. That equals out to about 31.8 million people in the world who go blind unnecessarily.
But access to treatment is only one piece of the puzzle, and OvitzCorp., a member of the second Luminate NY cohort, is seeking to deal with the other half.
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