Statistics about Eye conditions


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About statistics: This page presents a variety of statistics about Eye conditions. The term 'prevalence' of Eye conditions usually refers to the estimated population of people who are managing Eye conditions at any given time. The term 'incidence' of Eye conditions refers to the annual diagnosis rate, or the number of new cases of Eye conditions diagnosed each year. Hence, these two statistics types can differ: a short-lived disease like flu can have high annual incidence but low prevalence, but a life-long disease like diabetes has a low annual incidence but high prevalence. For more information see about prevalence and incidence statistics.

  Medical malpractice statistics for Eye conditions: The following are medical malpractice statistics from various sources about Eye conditions:
  • Medical malpractice lawsuit statistics for ocularist malpractice in the USA:
    • 23 medical malpractice reports were made to the National Practitioner Databank regarding ocularists in the US 1990-2004 (NPDB Summary Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
  • Medical malpractice lawsuit statistics for optician malpractice in the USA:
    • 15 medical malpractice reports were made to the National Practitioner Databank regarding opticians in the US 1990-2004 (NPDB Summary Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
    • 7 medical malpractice reports were made to the National Practitioner Databank regarding opticians in the US 1990-2004 (NPDB Summary Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
  • Medical malpractice lawsuit statistics for optometrist malpractice in the USA:
    • 456 medical malpractice reports were made to the National Practitioner Databank regarding optometrists in the US 1990-2004 (NPDB Summary Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)

Prevalence and incidence statistics for Eye conditions: (see also prevalence and incidence page for Eye conditions)
  Prevelance statistics about Eye conditions: The following statistics relate to the prevalence of Eye conditions:
  • 20.4 million noninstitutionalised adults had vision problems in the US 2001 (Summary Health Statistics for US Adults, National Health Interview Survey, 1999 and 2001, NCHS, CDC)
  • 10% of noninstitutionalised adults had vision problems in the US 2001 (Summary Health Statistics for US Adults, National Health Interview Survey, 1999 and 2001, NCHS, CDC)
  • 1,100,000 people are legally blind in the US (Research to Prevent Blindness, NISE, NSF)
  • 42,000,000 people are blind worldwide (Research to Prevent Blindness, NISE, NSF)
  • 97% of all blindness results from common eye diseases in the US (Research to Prevent Blindness, NISE, NSF)
  • 100,000,000 people have trouble seeing without corrective lenses in the US (Research to Prevent Blindness, NISE, NSF)
  • 80,000 people suffer from potentially blinding eye diseases in the US (Research to Prevent Blindness, NISE, NSF)
  • 14,000,000 people have severe visual conditions that cannot be fixed by glasses in the US (Research to Prevent Blindness, NISE, NSF)
  • 2,800,000 people are visually handicapped due to colour blindness in the US (Research to Prevent Blindness, NISE, NSF)

Society statistics for Eye conditions
  Cost statistics for Eye conditions: The following are statistics from various sources about costs and Eye conditions:
  • estimated $147,947,000 spent in public hospitals on eye diseases and disorders in Australia 2001-02 (AIHW National Hospital Morbidity Database, Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
  • Estimated $266,281,000 spent in public hospitals on eye diseases and disorders in Australia 2001-02 (AIHW National Hospital Morbidity Database, Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)

  Hospitalization statistics for Eye conditions: The following are statistics from various sources about hospitalizations and Eye conditions:
  • 1,100,000 people are hospitalised each year for eye surgery and medical treatment in the US (Research to Prevent Blindness, NISE, NSF)
  • 24,744 admissions to private hospitals because of eye and adnexa diseases in Australia 2001-02 (AIHW National Hospital Morbidity Database, Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
  • 31,476 patient days spent in private hospitals for eye and adnexa diseases in Australia 2001-02 (AIHW National Hospital Morbidity Database, Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
  • 58,769 admissions to public hospitals because of eye and adnexa diseases in Australia 2001-02 (AIHW National Hospital Morbidity Database, Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
  • 73.6% of hospitalisations for eye and adnexa diseases in private hospitals are single day in Australia 2001-02 (AIHW National Hospital Morbidity Database, Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
  • 78,557 patient days spent in public hospitals for eye and adnexa diseases in Australia 2001-02 (AIHW National Hospital Morbidity Database, Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
  • 79.3% of hospitalisations for eye and adnexa diseases in public hospitals are single day in Australia 2001-02 (AIHW National Hospital Morbidity Database, Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
  • 107,407 patient days spent in public hospitals for procedures on eye and adnexa in Australia 2001-02 (AIHW National Hospital Morbidity Database, Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
  • 132,637 admissions to private hospitals for procedures on eye and adnexa in Australia 2001-02 (AIHW National Hospital Morbidity Database, Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
  • 142,358 patient days spent in private hospitals were for procedures on eye and adnexa in Australia 2001-02 (AIHW National Hospital Morbidity Database, Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
  • 68,505 admissions to public hospitals for procedures on eye and adnexa in Australia 2001-02 (AIHW National Hospital Morbidity Database, Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
  • 78.6% of hospitalisations for procedures on eye and adnexa were single day in public hospitals in Australia 2001-02 (AIHW National Hospital Morbidity Database, Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
  • 84.5% of hospitalisations for procedures on eye and adnexa were single day in private hospitals in Australia 2001-02 (AIHW National Hospital Morbidity Database, Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
  • Hospitalization statistics in Australia:
    • 1.48% (58,711) of hospital episodes were for diseases of the eye and adnexa in public hospitals in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • 79% of hospitalisations for diseases of the eye and adnexa were single day episodes in public hospitals in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • 77% of hospitalisations in public hospitals for diseases of the eye and adnexa were by public patients in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • 23% of hospitalisations in public hospitals for diseases of the eye and adnexa were by private patients in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • Hospitalisations for diseases of the eye and adnexa at public hospitals occurred in 30.1 people per 10,000 population in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • 1.3 days was the mean length of stay in hospitals for diseases of the eye and adnexa in public hospitals in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • Excluding same day episodes, 2.6 days was the mean length of stay in public hospitals for diseases of the eye and adnexa in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • 4.91% (119,211) of private hospital episodes were for diseases of the eye and adnexa in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • 85.2% of hospitalisations in private hospitals for diseases of the eye and adnexa were single day episodes in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • 2% of hospitalisations in private hospitals for diseases of the eye and adnexa were by public patients in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • 98% of hospitalisations in private hospitals for diseases of the eye and adnexa were by private patients in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • Hospitalisations in private hospitals for diseases of the eye and adnexa occurred in 61 people per 10,000 population in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • 1.1 days was the mean length of stay in private hospitals for diseases of the eye and adnexa in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • Excluding same day episodes, 1.4 days was the mean length of stay in private hospitals for diseases of the eye and adnexa in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)

  Physician office visits for Eye conditions: 34,000,000 visits are made each year to a physicians office for eye care in the US (Research to Prevent Blindness, NISE, NSF)
  Physician office visit statistics for Eye conditions: The following are statistics from various sources about physician office visits and Eye conditions:
  • 13,555,000 people visited a physician’s office primarily for vision dysfunction in the US 2001 (National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey: 2001)
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