Cataract surgical coverage rate (WHO)

Measure 3.5.2: The cataract surgical coverage rate, expressed as the number of Indigenous Australians who have had cataract surgery, as a proportion of those who have had cataract surgery plus those with vision loss (visual acuity worse than 6/18) and cataracts in both eyes (World Health Organisation definition).

The coverage rate captures those with the condition who have and have not had cataract surgery.

In 2016, the cataract surgical coverage rate for Indigenous Australians was 93% (CI 75%–98%). This was lower than the estimated rate for non-Indigenous Australians of 99% (CI 97%–100%), although not statistically significant.