Statistics by Country for Blindness


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About these extrapolations of prevalence and incidence statistics for Blindness: These statistics are calculated extrapolations of various prevalence or incidence rates against the populations of a particular country or region. The statistics used for prevalence/incidence of Blindness are typically based on US, UK, Canadian or Australian statistics. This extrapolation calculation is automated and does not take into account any genetic, cultural, environmental, social, racial or other differences across the various countries and regions for which the extrapolated Blindness statistics below refer to. As such, these extrapolations may be highly inaccurate (especially for developing or third-world countries) and only give a general indication (or even a meaningless indication) as to the actual prevalence or incidence of Blindness in that region.

About prevalence and incidence statistics in general for Blindness: The word 'prevalence' of Blindness usually means the estimated population of people who are managing Blindness at any given time (i.e. people with Blindness). The term 'incidence' of Blindness means the annual diagnosis rate, or the number of new cases of Blindness diagnosed each year (i.e. getting Blindness). Hence, these two statistics types can differ: a short 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.



Prevalance of Blindness: 1,100,000 people are legally blind in the US (Research to Prevent Blindness, NISE, NSF)
Prevalance Rate for Blindness: approx 1 in 247 or 0.40% or 1.1 million people in USA [about data]
Extrapolation of Prevalence Rate of Blindness to Countries and Regions: The following table attempts to extrapolate the above prevalence rate for Blindness to the populations of various countries and regions. As discussed above, these prevalence extrapolations for Blindness are only estimates and may have limited relevance to the actual prevalence of Blindness in any region:

Country/Region Extrapolated Prevalence Population Estimated Used
Blindness in North America (Extrapolated Statistics)
USA 1,187,577 293,655,4051
Canada 131,465 32,507,8742
Blindness in Europe (Extrapolated Statistics)
Austria 33,059 8,174,7622
Belgium 41,849 10,348,2762
Britain (United Kingdom) 243,741 60,270,708 for UK2
Czech Republic 5,039 1,0246,1782
Denmark 21,892 5,413,3922
Finland 21,088 5,214,5122
France 244,362 60,424,2132
Greece 43,059 10,647,5292
Germany 333,334 82,424,6092
Iceland 1,188 293,9662
Hungary 40,572 10,032,3752
Liechtenstein 135 33,4362
Ireland 16,053 3,969,5582
Italy 234,791 58,057,4772
Luxembourg 1,871 462,6902
Monaco 130 32,2702
Netherlands (Holland) 65,992 16,318,1992
Poland 156,209 38,626,3492
Portugal 42,560 10,524,1452
Spain 162,900 40,280,7802
Sweden 36,342 8,986,4002
Switzerland 30,132 7,450,8672
United Kingdom 243,741 60,270,7082
Wales 11,800 2,918,0002
Blindness in the Balkans (Extrapolated Statistics)
Albania 14,335 3,544,8082
Bosnia and Herzegovina 1,648 407,6082
Croatia 18,185 4,496,8692
Macedonia 8,250 2,040,0852
Serbia and Montenegro 43,781 10,825,9002
Blindness in Asia (Extrapolated Statistics)
Bangladesh 571,597 141,340,4762
Bhutan 8,838 2,185,5692
China 5,252,692 1,298,847,6242
East Timor 4,121 1,019,2522
Hong Kong s.a.r. 27,722 6,855,1252
India 4,307,270 1,065,070,6072
Indonesia 964,331 238,452,9522
Japan 514,949 127,333,0022
Laos 24,540 6,068,1172
Macau s.a.r. 1,800 445,2862
Malaysia 95,127 23,522,4822
Mongolia 11,126 2,751,3142
Philippines 348,771 86,241,6972
Papua New Guinea 21,920 5,420,2802
Vietnam 334,298 82,662,8002
Singapore 17,607 4,353,8932
Pakistan 643,808 159,196,3362
North Korea 91,791 22,697,5532
South Korea 195,062 48,233,7602
Sri Lanka 80,498 19,905,1652
Taiwan 92,003 22,749,8382
Thailand 262,323 64,865,5232
Blindness in Eastern Europe (Extrapolated Statistics)
Azerbaijan 31,820 7,868,3852
Belarus 41,696 10,310,5202
Bulgaria 30,403 7,517,9732
Estonia 5,425 1,341,6642
Georgia 18,982 4,693,8922
Kazakhstan 61,242 15,143,7042
Latvia 9,326 2,306,3062
Lithuania 14,590 3,607,8992
Romania 90,408 22,355,5512
Russia 582,248 143,974,0592
Slovakia 21,933 5,423,5672
Slovenia 8,134 2,011,473 2
Tajikistan 28,355 7,011,556 2
Ukraine 193,034 47,732,0792
Uzbekistan 106,806 26,410,4162
Blindness in Australasia and Southern Pacific (Extrapolated Statistics)
Australia 80,531 19,913,1442
New Zealand 16,151 3,993,8172
Blindness in the Middle East (Extrapolated Statistics)
Afghanistan 115,312 28,513,6772
Egypt 307,827 76,117,4212
Gaza strip 5,358 1,324,9912
Iran 272,990 67,503,2052
Iraq 102,618 25,374,6912
Israel 25,069 6,199,0082
Jordan 22,692 5,611,2022
Kuwait 9,129 2,257,5492
Lebanon 15,275 3,777,2182
Libya 22,774 5,631,5852
Saudi Arabia 104,321 25,795,9382
Syria 72,862 18,016,8742
Turkey 278,615 68,893,9182
United Arab Emirates 10,207 2,523,9152
West Bank 9,346 2,311,2042
Yemen 80,982 20,024,8672
Blindness in South America (Extrapolated Statistics)
Belize 1,103 272,9452
Brazil 744,526 184,101,1092
Chile 63,993 15,823,9572
Colombia 171,109 42,310,7752
Guatemala 57,752 14,280,5962
Mexico 424,468 104,959,5942
Nicaragua 21,675 5,359,7592
Paraguay 25,038 6,191,3682
Peru 111,392 27,544,3052
Puerto Rico 15,763 3,897,9602
Venezuela 101,173 25,017,3872
Blindness in Africa (Extrapolated Statistics)
Angola 44,398 10,978,5522
Botswana 6,629 1,639,2312
Central African Republic 15,135 3,742,4822
Chad 38,574 9,538,5442
Congo Brazzaville 12,124 2,998,0402
Congo kinshasa 235,840 58,317,0302
Ethiopia 288,493 71,336,5712
Ghana 83,943 20,757,0322
Kenya 133,383 32,982,1092
Liberia 13,712 3,390,6352
Niger 45,943 11,360,5382
Nigeria 71,784 12,5750,3562
Rwanda 33,318 8,238,6732
Senegal 43,887 10,852,1472
Sierra leone 23,795 5,883,8892
Somalia 33,584 8,304,6012
Sudan 158,319 39,148,1622
South Africa 179,754 44,448,4702
Swaziland 4,728 1,169,2412
Tanzania 145,874 36,070,7992
Uganda 106,725 26,390,2582
Zambia 44,589 11,025,6902
Zimbabwe 14,849 1,2671,8602



Footnotes:
1. US Census Bureau, Population Estimates, 2004
2. US Census Bureau, International Data Base, 2004

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