Near-vision impairment and unresolved vision problems in Indigenous Australian adults

Anna Lena Arnold, Nicolas Goujon, Lucy Busija, Sarah Fox, Jing Xie, Ross A. Dunn, Jill E. Keeffe, Hugh R. Taylor

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To describe near-vision impairment, self-reported unresolved vision problems and barriers to having near-vision correction in Indigenous Australians. Design: A nationwide population-based study designed to determine the causes and prevalence of vision loss and utilization of eye care services. Participants: Indigenous Australians aged ≥40years. Methods: Using a multistage random cluster sampling methodology, 30 geographical areas stratified by remoteness were selected to obtain a representation of Indigenous Australians. Visual acuity was conducted using a standard E chart. A questionnaire collected data on eye health, eye care service utilization and vision-related quality of life. Main Outcome Measures: Near-vision impairment defined as presenting binocular near visual acuity <N8. Self-reported unresolved vision problems defined as anything considered an eye/vision problem by the participant, including distance and/or near-vision impairments, not resolved after seeking care and quality-of-life scores. Results: Being aged 50-59years (reference group 40-49years), speaking a language other than English at home and vision loss (distance vision impairment and blindness) increased the odds of near-vision impairment. Of those with near-vision impairment, 37% (175/468) reported not having near-vision correction. Being aged 60-69years, speaking a language other than English at home and having vision loss decreased the odds of having near-vision correction. Longer time since last consultation was associated with unresolved vision problems and worse quality-of-life scores. Conclusion: There remains a large unmet need in regard to near-vision correction. Many Indigenous adults have unresolved vision problems that could be resolved with regular consultations with eye care services.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)223-230
Number of pages8
JournalClinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Indigenous Australian
  • Near-vision impairment
  • Quality of life
  • Unresolved vision problem

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