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Prevention of Blindness and Eye Care

Make listening safe

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that a billion young people worldwide could be at risk of hearing loss due to unsafe listening practices.

Over 43 million people between the ages of 12–35 years live with disabling hearing loss due to different causes. Among teenagers and young adults aged 12–35 years in
middle- and high-income countries:

     - Nearly 50% are exposed to unsafe levels of sound from the use of personal audio devices.

       - Around 40% are exposed to potentially damaging sound levels at clubs, discotheques and bars.

      For more information, see Make Listening Safe:

      English poster 

      English brochure

      Tips in English



      French poster

      French brochure 

      Tips in French 


      Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 February 2015 11:05

      Seniors and Blindness Prevention (April, 2012)

      The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that up to 80% of blindness is avoidable and the result of diseases that can be prevented or treated to restore vision. The majority of blind people are over age 50. To address the problem, countries need national eye care plans that integrate ophthalmological services into primary care systems to ensure people have access to these services. 

      Last Updated on Friday, 13 April 2012 06:54

      Guías del Programa de Salud Ocular

      El documento Formato de Plan Nacional es una guía para la formulación de los planes nacionales de la Región de la Américas. El plan aborda las prioridades para controlar las enfermedades que causan deficiencia visual y ceguera,  haciendo para cada una, un análisis de la magnitud del problema y barreras, objetivos y estrategias a ejecutar que deberán integrarse a las diferentes intervenciones por grupos de edad y a través de los sistemas nacionales de salud. [Decargar documento  Guías del Programa de Salud Ocular (159 kB)] (Marzo 2010)


      Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 March 2010 12:52

      Prevention of Blindness and Eye Care

      Data from prevalence surveys conducted by the Pan American Health Organization in nine (9) countries revealed that the marginal and poor populations are who have a higher prevalence of blindness and visual disability. The burden of visual impairment in Latin America and the Caribbean is not distributed uniformly; in many countries it is estimated that for every 1 million population 5,000 are blind, and 20,000 are visually impaired, at least two thirds are attributable to treatable conditions such as cataract, refractive errors, diabetic retinopathy, childhood blindness, glaucoma, onchocerciasis and trachoma.

      Last Updated on Monday, 23 February 2015 13:52

      Information resources

      Related Sites, Documents, Resolutions, Initiatives and plans, Guidelines, manuals, and technical documents, and others resources.  

      Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 July 2011 07:20

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