A five year project will be implemented by Vision 2020 Secretariat to prevent all types of preventable blindness by 2020, Health Ministry Additional Secretary Dr Palitha Mahipala said.
He said a five year project has been implemented at a cost of Rs 150 million targeting low income families in Colombo and Kandy districts under Vision 2020 program.
The number of blind persons in Sri Lanka is 150,000. The number who had become blind due to cataract is 100,000.
Refractive errors in the eye had caused blindness in 18,000 persons. Around 160, 000 schoolchildren suffer from some sort of eye problem, Dr Mahipala said.