Eye health is essential to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals; vision needs to be reframed as a development issue
Almost everyone will experience impaired vision or an eye condition during their lifetime and require eye care services; urgent action is necessary to meet the rapidly growing eye health need
Eye health is an essential component of universal health coverage; it must be included in planning, resourcing, and delivery of health care
High quality eye health services are not universally delivered
Highly cost-effective vision-restoring interventions offer enormous potential to improve the economic outlook of individuals and nations
Financial barriers to accessing eye care leave many people behind; eye health needs to be included in national health financing to pool the risk
Technology and treatment developments offer new tools to improve eye health
The eye health workforce is unable to meet population needs in many countries
Reliable survey and service data are key to progress in eye health
Research has been crucial to advances in understanding and treating eye disease
Implementation research is needed, particularly in LMICs, to guide effective delivery of services within universal health coverage.

Comment (NPW): The commission barely mentions the impact of COVID-19 on eye health services. I also note that eye health services are not mentioned in the WHO guidance on Maintaining essential health services: operational guidance for the COVID-19 context interim guidance…more