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Summary: The Cost of Sight Loss: The Economic Impact of Vision Impairment and Blindness in the Republic of Ireland” is the first comprehensive study on the economic burden of vision impairment and blindness in Ireland.
In 2010, NCBI commissioned Deloitte Access Economics, a world-leading independent economic consulting firm, to conduct a comprehensive study on the burden of vision impairment and blindness to the Republic of Ireland.
Deloitte Access Economics has previously estimated the burden of vision loss for Australia, Canada, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States, and globally. This is the first study to report the societal burden of vision impairment and blindness for Ireland.
The report reveals that the real financial cost of vision impairment to the state is €386 million for 2010 and that there are currently 224,832 people living with low vision and sight loss in Ireland. The “Cost Of Sight Loss” Report warns that the numbers affected will rise to 271,996 with a cost to the state of €449 million by 2020.
The report is available in full and summary formats and in text, PDF, audio or Braille.
The full report contains seven chapters, looking at the background to the study, the direct and indirect healthcare costs associated with vision impairment and the cost effectiveness of three eye care interventions.
The summary report contains the background to the study and the main findings and highlights.