Table 3

Absolute numbers of people affected by moderate and severe vision impairment (MSVI; presenting visual acuity <6/18 but ≥3/60) and blindness (presenting visual acuity <3/60) by sex and year in high-income countries (HIC) and Eastern and Central Europe (Europe) (all ages) for 1990 and 2010

RegionMenWomenAll
Blind ('000s)MSVI ('000 s)Total population of the region ('000s)Blind ('000s)MSVI ('000s)Total population of the region ('000s)Blind ('000s)MSVI ('000s)Total population of the region ('000s)
1990
Asia Pacific, high-income86 (41 to 181)611 (417 to 1921)83 613194 (113 to 326)992 (651 to 2898)85 835281 (192 to 479)1603 (1103 to 4680)169 000
Australasia11 (6 to 30)159 (81 to 345)10 19124 (15 to 55)244 (123 to 513)10 28635 (25 to 83)403 (208 to 848)20 500
Europe, Central135 (105 to 258)1480 (832 to 2304)59 857278 (214 to 514)2349 (1339 to 3623)62 310413 (320 to 765)3829 (2167 to 5985)122 000
Europe, Eastern225 (121 to 347)2448 (1253 to 3429)103 769730 (386 to 1123)5575 (1339 to 3623)118 432955 (504 to 1471)8023 (4280 to 10 900)222 000
Europe, Western338 (187 to 642)3094 (2082 to 4880)185 532842 (576 to 1217)5440 (3558 to 8254)195 8611179 (905 to 1736)8529 (5808 to 12 900)381 000
North America, high-income130 (70 to 241)1093 (867 to 1875)138 736321 (208 to 463) 1883 (1432 to 2989)143 831451 (320 to 653)2975 (2358 to 4787)281 000
World12 776 (11 059 to 14 746)75 315 (61 143 to 86 983)2 673 69019 039 (16 811 to 22 103)96 892 (79 823 to 111 438)2 633 37831 816 (28 143 to 36 745)172 213 (142 749 to 198 125)5 300 000
2010
Asia Pacific, high-income105 (52 to 223)739 (473 to 2680)88 489248 (145 to 427)1211 (801 to 3919)92 251353 (223 to 616)1950 (1305 to 6561)180 000
Australasia13 (7 to 39)189 (86 to 442)12 82126 (15 to 62)269 (126 to 581)12 99438 826 to 98)458 (223 to 1027)26 600
Europe, Central102 (76 to 210)1243 (744 to 2240)57 423226 (172 to 460)2082 (1274 to 3649)60 986328 (249 to 665)3325 (2020 to 5871)119 000
Europe, Eastern148 (76 to 240)1848 (869 to 3037)95 094440 (223 to 709)4003 (1893 to 6529)110 705588 (304 to 951)5851 (2751 to 9544)208 000
Europe, Western289 (166 to 542)2866 (2058 to 4942)204 085668 (431 to 987)4624 (3238 to 7651)212 131956 (676 to 1403)7490 (5263 to 12 600)419 000
North America, high-income146 (79 to 270)1198 (886 to 2187)173 581327 (198 to 481)1904 (1447 to 3395)177 950473 (299 to 699)3102 (2409 to 5425)344 000
World12 848 (11 418 to 14 626)82 740 (74 444 to 99 069)3 491 93519 611 (17 719 to 22 165)108 883 (99 159 to 130 141)3 434 61832 411 (29 351 to 36 524191 342 (173 910 to 229 823)6 890 000
  • Numbers affected worldwide are also given.

  • 95% uncertainty interval is shown in parentheses.