Visual Impairment

Department of Health written question – answered on 2nd December 2015.

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Photo of Nick Hurd Nick Hurd The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of levels of blindness and low vision are classifiable as preventable.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt The Minister of State, Department of Health

There is a range of information already available about levels of preventable sight loss. The indicator within the Public Health Outcomes Framework brings this together in a single place. The indicator is made up of four sub-indicators which will measure the crude rates of Age-Related Macular Degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy, and of the rate of sight loss certifications per 100,000 population. Data has been collected since 1 April 2013.

Baseline data for 2010/11 was published in November 2012, broken down by local authority and data providing a time series up to 2013/14 has now been published. It is available to search at:

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