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Eye Health

Volume 407: debated on Friday 20 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people with (a) age-related macular degeneration and (b) glaucoma were on the Register of Blind and Partially Sighted People in (i) 1980, (ii) 1990 and (iii) 2000; [119703](2) how many people with

(a) age-related macular degeneration and (b) glaucoma were newly registered as blind or partially sighted in (i) 1980, (ii) 1990 and (iii) 2000. [119704]

Detailed information on the number of people with age-related macular degeneration and glaucoma is not centrally available. Information on the number of people registered as blind or partially sighted is collected every three years from the triennial SSDA902 return. Information on the number of people registered as blind or partially sighted is shown in the tables for the years 1981–82, 1990–91 and 1999–2000.

Number of people registered as blind or partially sighted, by age
At 31 MarchAll ages0–45–1718–6465–7475+
1999–2000306,5001,3306,80055,34031,940211,070
1990–91229,9801,0403,67044,40031,940148,940
1981–82169,7304503,77039,19028,80097,540
Number of people newly registered during the year as blind or partially sighted, by age
All ages0–45–1718–6465–7475+
1999–200030,4403705204,0704,12021,380
1990–9127,2702803503,7704,50018,370
1981–8221,2301502503,3104,28013.240

Note:

1. Data source: Department of Health SSDA 902 return.

2. The data on the SSDA902 return is collected every 3 years.

3. It is possible for a person to be registered as partially sighted and as blind within the same year, in which case they will be counted twice in the table showing new registrations.