Ireland and Slovakia have the lowest rates of cataract surgery across European Union (EU) Member States, according to new data from the European Commission.
Cataract surgery was conducted around 4.5 million times in 2016 across the EU Member States, with significant variation in the proportion of the population undergoing a cataract operation across different countries. In the majority of countries for which data were available, there were between four and 12 operations per thousand inhabitants.
According to the data, Ireland and Slovakia had the lowest rates of cataract operations in 2016, at two operations per thousand inhabitants, followed by Cyprus with three operations per thousand inhabitants.
The country with the highest rate of cataract operations was Portugal, with 14 operations per thousand inhabitants (based on 2015 data) followed by France and Austria, both with 13 operations per thousand inhabitants.
In 2016, less than 10 per cent of procedures for cataract surgeries were carried out as in-patient procedures among 13 of the EU Member States, with this share falling below 3 per cent in nine of these. The lowest share was in Estonia at 0.8 per cent.