Israel leads the world in blindness prevention rates

Technology combined with early intervention and treatment helps more Israelis see.

Over the last 10 years, preventable blindness rates in Israel have been cut by more than half — a statistic unmatched anywhere else in the world.

The secret to their visionary success can be largely attributed to scientific advancements made in prevention and treatments, and making them available to everyone through their national medical system. Early prevention and treatment are also encouraged through community-based programs such as diabetes clinics.

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Israel is also pioneering ways to help the blind see - through cutting-edge technology like The Bionic Contact Lens, The OrCam and the eyes-free smartphone Ray.

Preventable blindness rates throughout Israel have dropped from 33.8 cases per 100,000 (in 1999) to 14.8 per 100,000 (in 2010).

Now that’s something to really focus on.

 

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