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Country Map & Estimates of Vision Loss

China

In 2020 in China, there were an estimated 270 million people with vision loss. Of these, 8.9 million people were blind.

China

  • GBD Region
    East Asia
  • GBD Super Region
    Southeast Asia, East Asia, and Oceania
  • Population (2020)
    1440 million
  • GDP per capita ($US, 2019)
    10,262
  • Human Development Index (HDI) (2019)
    0.76 (high)
  • Blindness (crude)
    0.60%
  • All vision loss (crude)
    19.20%
  • Proportion who are female
    55%
  • Gender ratio (age-std)
    1.19

Breakdown of vision loss chart

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  • Cause: look at how different eye conditions cause vision loss (at GBD Super Region and GBD Region level only).

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Crude prevalence of vision loss in China, United States of America, 2020

(all ages, males & females)

Source: Data from VLEG/GBD 2020 model, accessed via the IAPB Vision Atlas
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National indicators for eye health services in China

Indicator
Data
Rank
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)
2,070
75 of 176
2017
Yan et al., 2019
Number of eye care personnel by cadre
No. of ophthalmologists
36,342
2015
Resnikoff et al., 2020
Ophthalmologists per million
26.4
99 of 191
2015
Resnikoff et al., 2020
No. of optometrists
2,000
2014
Other
Optometrists per million
1.4
102 of 136
2014
Other
No. of allied ophthalmic personnel
52500
2014
Ministry of Health or key respondent
Allied ophthalmic personnel per million
38
34 of 102
2014
Ministry of Health or key respondent
Data and assessments
Eye health prevalence data survey completed (since 1987)
Prevalence, RAAB
2018
VLEG, Ministry of Health
Eye Care Service Assessment completed?
No data
National eye health resources and plans
National Eye Health Co-ordinator
Yes
Ministry of Health or key respondent
National Eye Committee
Yes
Ministry of Health or key respondent
National Eye Health Plan
Yes
Ministry of Health or key respondent
National Eye Health Plan Start Date
No data
Ministry of Health or key respondent
National Eye Health Plan End Date
No data
Ministry of Health or key respondent