Estimated number of ophthalmologists worldwide (International Council of Ophthalmology update): will we meet the needs?
Serge Resnikoff, Van Charles Lansingh, Lindsey Washburn, William Felch, Tina-Marie Gauthier, Hugh R Taylor, Kristen Eckert, David Parke, Peter Wiedemann
British Journal of Ophthalmology | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2020
BACKGROUND/AIMS: To estimate 2015 global ophthalmologist data and analyse their relationship to income groups, prevalence rates of blindness and visual impairment and gross domestic product (GDP) per capita. METHODS: Online surveys were emailed to presidents/chairpersons of national societies of ophthalmology and Ministry of Health representatives from all 194 countries to capture the number and density (per million population) of ophthalmologists, the number/density performing cataract surgery and refraction, and annual ophthalmologist population growth trends. Correlations between these data and income group, GDP per capita and prevalence rates of blindness and visual impairment were analy..View full abstract