Over the age of 40 years, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have 6 times the rate of blindness of other Australians. 94% of vision loss in Indigenous Australians is preventable or treatable. The most common cause of blindness in Indigenous adults was cataract (32%).
This paper summarises the findings of the 2008 National Indigenous Eye Health Survey (NIEHS). It reports the overall prevalence of blindness and vision impairment in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children aged 5 to 15 years and adults over the age of 40 years. The paper also presents some data from the National Trachoma Surveillance and Reporting Unit, Medicare, hospital data and case studies.
ISBN 978-1-74249-142-4; Cat. no. IHW 49; 26pp.; Internet only
Publication table of contents
- Preliminary material
- Title and verso pages
- Body section
- National Indigenous Eye Health Survey
- Vision loss
- Causes of vision loss
- Refractive error
- Provision of eye services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
- End matter
- Further information
AIHW 2011. Eye health in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Cat. no. IHW 49. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 5 December 2013 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=10737418931>.