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The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Australian Government have recently identified eye health as a significant health area. Although often overlooked, eye disorders affect a large proportion of Australians of all ages. Indeed, eye problems are one of the most common long-term health problems experienced by the Australian population. Eye surgery—especially for cataracts—is a very common hospital procedure.

Eye problems mainly affect older persons. Due to the ageing of the Australian population, eye health will become an increasingly important issue in both the healthcare sector and society as a whole.

In order to understand the scope of these issues, the Population Health Unit at the AIHW, in partnership with the Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA), has produced a number of publications about eye health in Australia.

The eye health publications and website are funded under the National Eye Health Initiative.

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If you have any information on eye health in Australia that should be included on this website, please email .

We are keen to hear from anyone with information regarding eye health data collections, or other data collections that are pertinent to eye health.