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Israel World Leader in Blindness Prevention

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Thursday, August 8th, 2013

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As reported in Ynet: Study shows rates of preventable blindness in Israel may have been slashed in half over past decade.

A new study published in the American Journal of Ophthalmology notes that the rates of preventable blindness in Israel have drastically lowered over the past decade – by more than half to be exact, making Israel the leading country on preventing blindness on the international stage.

Led by Prof. Michael Belkin alongside a group of doctors and scientists from the Eye Research University at Tel Aviv University’s Faculty of Medicine and Sheba Medical Center, the study notes that rates throughout Israel have dropped from 33.8 cases per 100,000 (in 1999) to 14.8 per 100,000 (in 2010).

These developments are decipherable across all main factors of preventing blindness: Glaucoma, diabetes, cataract and age-related deterioration.

According to Belkin, these rates – and Israel’s advancements in this field – are unparalleled elsewhere throughout the world.

The World Health Organization notes that, despite the fact that 80% of all blindness is preventable or treatable, visual impairment is still a leading health concern all over the world, even in Western countries.

Israel has been able to advance in preventing blindness because of its cutting-edge treatments, universal accessibility, patient compliance, and the accurate use of prescription medications, says Belkin.