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Barometer of Eye Health FAQ

Barometer of Global Eye Health - Questions and Answers

  • More than 285 million people are visually impaired worldwide, over 150 diseases or syndromes affect eye health and according to the World Health Organization, approximately 80 percent of visual impairment is preventable.1
  • The financial cost of visual impairment worldwide is estimated to be US $2,954 billion in 2010.2
  • The vast majority of people - irrespective of geography, demography or age - do not get regular, comprehensive eye exams.

1World Health Organization. Global estimates of visual impairment. 2010.
2AMD Alliance International. The global economic cost of blindness. April 2010.

  • The Barometer of Global Eye Health is a benchmark of people’s habits and perceptions and physicians insights about eye health. It is the result of a survey of more than 11,000 people in 11 representative countries (Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Russia, Spain, the UK and the U.S.) as well as 147 eye health professionals from 26 countries.
  • To provide a more concise, clear and relevant look at the state of eye health globally. Until now, eye health data available was either dated and/or disease specific.  With these survey results Bausch + Lomb is uniquely positioned to call attention to the significant public health issues on a global level and work with eye health professionals, third party organizations and critical influencers to develop sustainable solutions.
  • The content of survey was developed in consultation with leading eye health professionals from around the world to ensure the results provided information to better understand people’s knowledge and behaviors regarding eye health.
  • Its development consisted of three phases – Ideation, Validation, and the Questionnaire; the first two phases are particularly unique to this index:
    • Phase 1 - Ideation: A global panel of 22 eye health professionals, including optometrists, ophthalmologists and eye care experts, was consulted to determine the most pressing and important eye health issues worldwide. Insights and discussion from this stage were used to develop the themes or topics for The Barometer in order to ensure it addressed the needs of eye health professionals.
    • Phase 2 - Validation: For the next phase, KRC Research surveyed 147 eye health professionals in 26 countries to validate and quantify the trends and issues uncovered in the Ideation phase. The analysis confirmed the consensus reached by the panel and demonstrated consistency among international experts regarding eye health, validating the need for the index questionnaire.
    • Phase 3 - The Index Questionnaire: Upon validation, an expansive audit of existing eye health information was conducted to develop an eight question survey. The questionnaire was then shared with approximately 11,000 consumers in 11 countries – totaling 11,813 respondents. The questions were consistent and did not vary from country to country.