Overview

Eye health conditions are very common in Australia, and may be present from birth, as a result of illness or injury, or developed over time due to ageing. Eye health conditions can have a profound impact on a person’s quality of life and ability to perform everyday activities.

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Latest findings

About 411,000 Australians (1.7% of the population) had cataract and 244,000 (1.0%) had macular degeneration in 2017–18

Females (59%) experienced a higher prevalence of long-term vision disorders than males (51%) in 2017–18

Over 13 million Australians had one or more chronic (long-term) eye conditions in 2017–18

Around 34% of Indigenous Australians who had a diabetes test had also had an eye examination in 2019-20

The age-standardised cataract surgery rate for Indigenous Australians increased by 43% from 2011-12 to 2018-19

Median wait time for cataract surgery was 124 days for Indigenous Australians and 82 days for non-Indigenous Australians