VISION 2020's Clear Focus

Cover of Clear Focus report


The Blind Foundation has partnered with VISION 2020 New Zealand to produce Clear Focus: The economic impact of vision loss in New Zealand in 2009.

Clear Focus identifies that vision loss cost New Zealand society $2.8 billion in 2009, and this figure is increasing each year. Without a focused effort on preventing sight loss, Clear Focus projects a rise in the number of New Zealanders over 40 who have vision loss from 125,000 to 174,000 by 2020. Direct health costs alone would more than double to $523 million by 2020, compared with $198 million in 2009.

Conducted by Access Economics, the Clear Focus research looks at the best available evidence to estimate the number of Māori and non- Māori New Zealanders with mild to severe vision loss. The costs of vision loss to government, industry and the New Zealand community are calculated and projected to 2020.

The Blind Foundation is a key partner in VISION 2020 New Zealand's Clear Focus campaign, which is using the research to build support for a comprehensive national eye health strategy to eliminate avoidable blindness in NZ and ensure better services and inclusion for people with vision loss. Keep up with the latest campaign news by following VISION 2020 New Zealand on Facebook and Twitter. You can also sign the online statement to show your support for the campaign.

For more information about VISION 2020's Clear Focus, please contact Peter Swanson, at or call 0800 24 33 33.

Download the report or read the Clear Focus research online by following the links below.

Overview of Clear Focus

About Clear Focus



Frequency and causes of vision loss and blindness

Total costs in New Zealand

Direct health costs

Other financial costs

Loss of wellbeing

The policy context

What needs to be done?

Countdown to 2020


Download the Clear Focus research

Clear Focus overview (PDF, 1.24 MB)

Clear Focus overview (Word, 98 kB)

Full Clear Focus research (PDF, 977 kB)

Full Clear Focus research in electronic text (Word, 1.24 MB)

VISION 2020 New Zealand: The Right to Sight

VISION 2020 New Zealand is part of VISION 2020: The Right to Sight, the global initiative by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) to eliminate avoidable blindness by the year 2020.

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