The surgery provides one of the largest investment returns of any disease intervention.
A study by the Fred Hollows Foundation found cataract surgery provides one of the largest investment returns of any disease intervention, bolstering calls for greater spending on global eye health aid.
The analysis with Victoria University found that, on average, every dollar invested in cataract treatment returns $20.50.
Other key points detialed in the study:
According to the study, cataract surgery can provide more than double the return on investment compared to programs aimed at cardiovascular disease, adolescent health, and maternal and child health, the study also found.
Moreover, the study looked at 19 countries across Oceania, Asia, North and Sub-Saharan Africa, and the Middle East that collectively account for nearly 40% of the global disease burden from common eye problems.
It also reveals that every dollar invested in tackling the two leading causes of blindness globally, cataract and refractive error, delivers an economic return of $9.40 USD.
“The findings bolster the case for greater collective investment from government, non-government, philanthropy and the private sector to meet the 2030 global eye care targets,” Fred Hollows Foundation Senior Global Health Economist Jack Hennessy said in a news release.
Hennessy added that the research is a key step forward in foundation’s efforts to end avoidable blindness – showing the way forward for greater investment in eye health programs.
“This requires an urgent multi-sector approach – across government, non-government, philanthropy and the private sector – re-doubling efforts to scale up programs to treat cataract and refractive error,” he concluded.