Eighty three percent of blind people in Vietnam can be cured but one third of them cannot access the treatment, doctors said at a Thursday meeting in Hanoi.
Around two million people in Vietnam are blind and most of the cases (66.1 percent) were caused by cataract.
Other reasons include glaucoma, corneal opacity, shrinking of the eyeball, refraction disability and trachoma, doctors said at the meeting organized by the National Ophthalmology Hospital to celebrate the World Sight Day.
Do Nhu Hon, director of the hospital, said one third of the curable cases not only do not have money for the treatment, but also lack access to information that lets them know their condition is curable.
Hon said the number of children having refraction disability has increased to 10-15 percent in rural areas and 25-35 percent in cities.
Also to celebrate the World Sight Day, which fell on October 14, the country's ophthalmology experts conducted free check-ups, gave free medicine and optical glasses to poor, old people and children in several rural areas.