The Naional Council for the Blind of Ireland, The National Sight Loss Agency, which provides support to 649 people in County Tipperary, has warned that the numbers of people with sight loss will rise across the country by 2020.
On average each county in Ireland has 8,647 people with some degree of significant sight loss. NCBI’s “Cost Of Sight Loss” report shows that this will rise to 10,461 in 8 years. That translates in a cost to the economy of, on average, 17.25 million Euro per county. This cost to the Irish economy not only includes health care expenditure, but also incorporates the value of caregiver time, lost productivity (unemployment) due to impaired vision, and efficiency losses due to government-funded eye care and welfare payments to the blind.
Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star