May 2007
Volume 48, Issue 13
ARVO Annual Meeting Abstract  |   May 2007
Registered Blindness Among Adults In Israel: 1996-2005
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • M. Matanes
    Ophthalmology, Carmel Mediacal Center, Haifa, Israel
  • Y. Hod
    Ophthalmology, Carmel Mediacal Center, Haifa, Israel
  • O. Geyer
    Ophthalmology, Carmel Mediacal Center, Haifa, Israel
  • Footnotes
    Commercial Relationships M. Matanes, None; Y. Hod, None; O. Geyer, None.
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Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science May 2007, Vol.48, 326. doi:
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      M. Matanes, Y. Hod, O. Geyer; Registered Blindness Among Adults In Israel: 1996-2005. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2007;48(13):326.

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Purpose:: To estimate the population-based incidence rates of blindness registration and their trends over time in the Israeli adult population.

Methods:: We performed a retrospective review of the data on bilateral blindness in adults ≥ 40 years of age registered with the Association of the Blind of Israel between 1996-2005. The causes of blindness were ascertained and the incidence rates of blindness due to various causes were calculated.

Results:: A total of 18666 blind certificates were examined. The most commonly recorded cause of blindness was age-related macular degeneration (AMD), followed by glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy. From 1996 to 2005, the annual incidence of registered bilateral blindness decreased significantly at an average rate of 4.8% per year (P<0.0001). Glaucoma blindness significantly decreased at an average rate of 8.1% per year (p>0.0001), but there were no similar changes in the incidence of AMD blindness (1% rise per year, p =0.17) or diabetic retinopathy blindness ( 1% decrease per year, p=0.62).

Conclusions:: Advances in treatment management of ocular pathology has led to a significant decrease in the number of adults with glaucoma-associated bilateral blindness in Israel from 1996 to 2005.

Keywords: clinical (human) or epidemiologic studies: prevalence/incidence • diabetic retinopathy • age-related macular degeneration 

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