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Country Map & Estimates of Vision Loss

South Africa

In 2020 in South Africa, there were an estimated 11 million people with vision loss. Of these, 370,000 people were blind.

South Africa

  • GBD Region
    Southern Sub-Saharan Africa
  • GBD Super Region
    Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Population (2020)
    59.3 million
  • GDP per capita ($US, 2019)
    6,001
  • Human Development Index (HDI) (2019)
    0.71 (high)
  • Blindness (crude)
    0.60%
  • All vision loss (crude)
    19.10%
  • Proportion who are female
    58%
  • Gender ratio (age-std)
    1.08

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 South Africa, 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 South Africa

Indicator
Data
Rank
Year Last Reported
Data Source
Cataract surgical service delivery
Effective cataract surgical coverage (eCSC)
No data
Cataract surgeries performed (annual)
44,728
36 of 120
Cataract surgical rate (CSR) (per million)
847
125 of 176
2015
Ministry of Health or key respondent
Number of eye care personnel by cadre
No. of ophthalmologists
280
2015
Resnikoff et al., 2020
Ophthalmologists per million
5.1
139 of 191
2015
Resnikoff et al., 2020
No. of optometrists
3,500
2014
Other
Optometrists per million
64.2
36 of 136
2014
Other
No. of allied ophthalmic personnel
139
2014
Ministry of Health or key respondent
Allied ophthalmic personnel per million
3
94 of 102
2014
Ministry of Health or key respondent
Data and assessments
Eye health prevalence data survey completed (since 1987)
Prevalence, RAAB
2011
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
No data
National Eye Health Plan
Yes
Ministry of Health or key respondent
National Eye Health Plan Start Date
2018
Ministry of Health or key respondent
National Eye Health Plan End Date
2023
Ministry of Health or key respondent