Prevalence of trichiasis

Measure 1.3.2: The estimated number, and proportion of Indigenous adults in at-risk communities with trichiasis.

Trichiasis occurs when eye-lashes become in-turned as a result of untreated trachoma. Early detection and treatment of trichiasis can prevent blindness. 

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  • The proportion of Indigenous Australians aged 40 and over with trichiasis fell from 2.1% in 2012 to 0.5% in 2017.
  • Among the 3 jurisdictions that undertook screening in 2017, the prevalence of trichiasis was highest in South Australia (1.0%) and lowest in Western Australia (0.2%).