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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

39,292 annual eye examinations would help close the gap on diabetic retinopathy among Indigenous Australians

A new study by Dr Ya-seng Hsueh and Professor Hugh Taylor of the University of Melbourne has estimated the extent of additional expenditure needed to overcome the eye health gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

The study suggests that 39,292 annual eye examinations, 26,066 pairs of glasses, and 4,382 cataract surgeries would help to close the eye health gap. Diabetic retinopathy, cataract, refractive error and trachoma are the main cause of vision loss among Indigenous Australians, but it is suggested that up to 94% of this vision loss is either preventable or treatable.

Source: The Stringer Independent News

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Last updated: 28 August 2014
 
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