NEI Affiliate Workshop Webinar: New Technologies, Expanded Opportunities for Collaboration, and Strategies for International Vision Research in the 2020’s
New opportunities for addressing global blindness at a much larger scale have arisen in part to the advent and application of new technologies in vision research and healthcare delivery, the formation of several large international research consortia for various eye diseases, and the creation and expansion of several large databases for eye diseases in various parts of the world. There are over 39 million people around the world who are blind and additional 246 million are not able to see properly. Eighty percent of blindness is considered preventable, however, a comprehensive research strategy and international research collaborations between the developed and developing world need to increase. Many of the reasons for causing blindness have been researched, but in several areas of the world a coordinated strategy for basic science and health services research is required to achieve reduction of the global burden of eye diseases and implementation of research findings.