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Country Map & Estimates of Vision Loss

Saudi Arabia

In 2020 in Saudi Arabia, there were an estimated 2.9 million people with vision loss. Of these, 230,000 people were blind.

Saudi Arabia

  • GBD Region
    North Africa and Middle East
  • GBD Super Region
    North Africa and Middle East
  • Population (2020)
    34.8 million
  • GDP per capita ($US, 2019)
    23,140
  • Human Development Index (HDI) (2019)
    0.86 (very high)
  • Blindness (crude)
    0.60%
  • All vision loss (crude)
    7.90%
  • Proportion who are female
    44%
  • Gender ratio (age-std)
    1.11

Breakdown of vision loss chart

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Crude prevalence of vision loss in Saudi Arabia, 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 Saudi Arabia

Indicator
Data
Rank
Year Last Reported
Data Source
Cataract surgical service delivery
Effective cataract surgical coverage (eCSC)
No data
Cataract surgeries performed (annual)
35,000
42 of 120
Cataract surgical rate (CSR) (per million)
1,187
108 of 176
2014
Ministry of Health or key respondent
Number of eye care personnel by cadre
No. of ophthalmologists
2,546
2015
Resnikoff et al., 2020
Ophthalmologists per million
80.7
30 of 191
2015
Resnikoff et al., 2020
No. of optometrists
555
2015
Ministry of Health or key respondent
Optometrists per million
17.5
62 of 136
2015
Ministry of Health or key respondent
No. of allied ophthalmic personnel
280
2015
Ministry of Health or key respondent
Allied ophthalmic personnel per million
9
68 of 102
2015
Ministry of Health or key respondent
Data and assessments
Eye health prevalence data survey completed (since 1987)
Prevalence, RAAB
2016
VLEG, RAAB Repository
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
2014
Ministry of Health or key respondent
National Eye Health Plan End Date
2019
Ministry of Health or key respondent