Summary

  • The 3 main causes of vision loss for Indigenous Australians were refractive error, cataract and diabetic retinopathy.
  • Indigenous Australians suffered from vision loss at 2.8 times the rate of non-Indigenous Australians
  • Between 2007–09 and 2015–17, the rate of cataract surgery for Indigenous Australians increased by over 40%.
  • Hospitalisation rates for cataract surgery for Indigenous Australians were higher in regional than in metropolitan areas.