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The National Eye Health Survey 2016 report

Posted on: 24 October, 2016
Issue: Vol 16 No 4, October 2016 – December 2016
Related to Eye health Policies

Foreman J, Keel S, Xie J, van Wijngaarden P, Crowston J, Taylor HR, Dirani M (2016)
The National Eye Health Survey 2016 report
Melbourne: Vision 2020 Australia

This reports presents findings from the National Eye Health Survey (NEHS), the first nationwide, population-based survey of vision impairment and blindness among Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. The NEHS was undertaken between March 2015 and April 2016 and examined 1,738 Indigenous Australians aged 40 years or older and 3,098 non-Indigenous Australians aged 50 years or older.

The report outlines the main findings from the survey, including the:

  • prevalence and causes of vision impairment and blindness
  • detection and treatment coverage rates of major eye diseases and conditions
  • proportion of people with diabetes that have retinal examinations at the recommended frequency
  • coverage of cataract surgery and the treatment of uncorrected refractive error.

After age-adjustment, the prevalence of both vision impairment and blindness were three times higher in Indigenous Australians than in non-Indigenous Australians. The survey findings are intended to provide an indication of the effectiveness of existing eye health care services and guide future eye health care service delivery in Australia.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

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