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Survey reveals large numbers with poor eyesight

More than half of all Australians are affected by serious, long-term eye problems such as cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration and myopia, according to research by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

Data collected by the AIHW from an Australian Bureau of Statistics national health survey in 2010-2011 revealed that 54 per cent of the population, or almost 12 million people, suffered from eye-problems and 49.5 per cent wore glasses or contact lenses.

Long-term eye health problems were more prevalent among women (55.7 per cent) compared to men (48.2 per cent), with more women reporting eye health problems at an earlier age.

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