Prevalence of Vision Impairment in Older Adults in Rural China

  • The purpose of this study was to provide a descriptive analysis for the prevalence of visual impairment and blindness among older adults in rural populations in China.

  • A cluster sampling method was used to select 45 747 ≥50 years’ adults within nine provinces of mainland China.

  • There is a strong link between visual impairment/blindness and old age, likewise female gender, lack of education, and geographical location.

  • Visual impairment and blindness are critical public health problems in rural China, thus recommend for these to be considered in public health policy and development programs.

Publication date

July 11, 2016

Sponsor Institution

American Academy of Optometry


Jialiang Zhao, Leon Ellwein, Hao Cui, Jian Ge, Huaijin Guan, Jianhua Lv, Xianzhi Ma, Jinglin Yin, Zheng Qin Yin, Yuansheng Yuan and Hu Liu
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