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Blind People

Volume 124: debated on Thursday 10 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) what are the most recent statistics on annual registrations as partially sighted by people in age ranges (a) 16 to 64 years and (b) and over 65 years, whose BD8 shows the cause of blindness to be (i) glaucoma, (ii) diabetic retinopathy and (iii) cataracts;(2) what are the most recent statistics on annual registrations as blind by people in age ranges

(a) 16 to 64

years and (b) and over 65 years, whose BD8 shows the cause of blindness to be (i) glaucoma, (ii) diabetic retinopathy and (iii) cataracts.

[holding answer 7 December 1987]: The data are given in the table.

Annual registrations as blind and partially sighted by people aged 16 to 64 years and over 65 years: certain causes
BlindPartially sighted
16–64 years (1985–86)
Glaucoma7268
Diabetic retinopathy152128
Cataracts (including congenital)95128
Over 65 years (1980–81)
Glaucoma1,209834
Diabetic retinopathy437243
Cataracts (including congenital)1,0121,054

Note: Registrations arising from more than one of the causes listed have been counted under both, or all three, conditions.