India to redefine blindness

  • The government is set to change a four-decade-old definition of blindness to bring it in line with the WHO criteria and ensure that the Indian data on blindness meets the global estimates.
  • As defined under the National Programme for Control of Blindness (NPCB), a person unable to count fingers from a distance of six metres is categorised as “blind” in India, against the WHO’s stipulation of three metres.


  • “We will bring the definition of blindness at par with the WHO’s criteria.
  • Because of the current definition, we project a higher figure of blind people from India at any international forum.
  • Thus India gets presented in a poor light compared to other countries

Source: The Hindu

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