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The Prevalence and Causes of Vision Loss in Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Australians: The National Eye Health Survey.

Authors
  • Foreman, Joshua1
  • Xie, Jing2
  • Keel, Stuart2
  • van Wijngaarden, Peter3
  • Sandhu, Sukhpal Singh3
  • Ang, Ghee Soon2
  • Fan Gaskin, Jennifer2
  • Crowston, Jonathan3
  • Bourne, Rupert4
  • Taylor, Hugh R5
  • Dirani, Mohamed3
  • 1 Centre for Eye Research Australia, The Royal Victorian Eye & Ear Hospital, Melbourne, Australia; Ophthalmology, Department of Surgery, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia. Electronic address: [email protected] , (Australia)
  • 2 Centre for Eye Research Australia, The Royal Victorian Eye & Ear Hospital, Melbourne, Australia. , (Australia)
  • 3 Centre for Eye Research Australia, The Royal Victorian Eye & Ear Hospital, Melbourne, Australia; Ophthalmology, Department of Surgery, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia. , (Australia)
  • 4 Vision & Eye Research Unit, Postgraduate Medical Institute, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, United Kingdom. , (United Kingdom)
  • 5 Indigenous Eye Health Unit, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia. , (Australia)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Ophthalmology
Publication Date
Dec 01, 2017
Volume
124
Issue
12
Pages
1743–1752
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.ophtha.2017.06.001
PMID: 28689897
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Vision loss is more prevalent in Indigenous Australians than in non-Indigenous Australians, highlighting that improvements in eye healthcare in Indigenous communities are required. The leading causes of vision loss were uncorrected refractive error and cataract, which are readily treatable. Other countries with Indigenous communities may benefit from conducting similar surveys of Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations.

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