Eye health problems managed by GPs

Measure 2.1: The number of eye health problems managed by GPs, by type of problem, per 1,000 encounters.

Primary health-care providers play a key role in detecting problems, treating more minor eye conditions and referring patients to more specialised care.

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  • Based on GP survey data, eye health problems accounted for 1.1% of all problems managed by GPs at encounters with Indigenous patients during 2010–15.
  • The rate of eye health problems managed was similar for Indigenous and other Australians, except for cataracts, where the rate for Indigenous Australians was 3.5 times the rate for other Australians.