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Country Map & Estimates of Vision Loss

United Arab Emirates

In 2020 in United Arab Emirates, there were an estimated 600,000 people with vision loss. Of these, 27,000 people were blind.

United Arab Emirates

  • GBD Region
    North Africa and Middle East
  • GBD Super Region
    North Africa and Middle East
  • Population (2020)
    9.89 million
  • GDP per capita ($US, 2019)
  • Human Development Index (HDI) (2019)
    0.87 (very high)
  • Blindness (crude)
  • All vision loss (crude)
  • Proportion who are female
  • Gender ratio (age-std)

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Crude prevalence of vision loss, 2020

(all ages, males & females)

Source: Data from VLEG/GBD 2020 model, accessed via the IAPB Vision Atlas

National indicators for eye health services in United Arab Emirates

IAPB has collected key national indicator data on an annual basis since 2008.

Data sources include Ministry of Health staff or other key respondents, as well as published data. Data have not been received for all countries, or all indicators. The “Year Last Reported” column shows the most recent data received, and “No data” indicates no data available to IAPB in any year since 2008.

More information on data sources and limitations is available on the National indicators page.

Year Last Reported
Data Source
Cataract surgical service delivery
Effective cataract surgical coverage (eCSC)
No data
Cataract surgeries performed (annual)
No data
Cataract surgical rate (CSR) (per million)
107 of 176
Wang et al., 2016
Number of eye care personnel by cadre
No. of ophthalmologists
Resnikoff et al., 2020
Ophthalmologists per million
120 of 191
Resnikoff et al., 2020
No. of optometrists
No data
Optometrists per million
No data
No. of allied ophthalmic personnel
No data
Allied ophthalmic personnel per million
No data
Data and assessments
Eye health prevalence data survey completed (since 1987)
No data
Eye Care Service Assessment completed?
No data
International Vision Health Scorecard
No data
National eye health resources and plans
National Eye Health Co-ordinator
Ministry of Health or key respondent
National Eye Committee
No data
National Eye Health Plan
No data
National Eye Health Plan Start Date
No data
National Eye Health Plan End Date
No data