VISION 2020’s Clear Focus
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.