Vision Loss

Woman wearing prescription glasses

The eyes are the windows to our world.

Almost 80% of sensory information our brain receives comes from our eyes. Latest estimates suggest that one in every 24* New Zealanders is living with vision loss The total cost of vision in 2017 was estimated to be over half a billion dollars.

Eye Health Aotearoa recognises that the eye health system is facing complex challenges. While recognising these, we recommend seven effective interventions based on the latest evidence to increase equitable access to quality eye health for all New Zealanders.


*Calculated by dividing the New Zealand population estimate as at 31 March 2019 (4,957,400) divided by approximate number of New Zealanders with vision loss (200,000).

The devastating impact of vision loss