There are 224,000 people in Ireland are blind or vision impaired. This figure is projected to grow to 271,996 people by 2020.
- 5 people per week became blind in Ireland between 2010 and 2013 – approximately 260 per annum.
- 95 per cent of people using NCBI services have some useful vision.
- Most people experiencing sight loss are over the age of 65.
- 75% to 80% of blindness is preventable.
- As the Irish population ages, the impact of vision loss will grow substantially in the future.
- Vision impairment and blindness is expected to cost more than €.2.5billion by 2020.
- Healthcare costs for the main eye diseases are €65.1 million and for blindness €3.7million per year.
- The financial cost to the departments of health, social protection and finance was €205 million in 2010.