Data from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union (EU), show cataract surgeries were conducted 4.7 million times across the EU Member States in 2017.
According to the organisation, in 13 of the Member States, cataract surgeries were performed 1,000 times or more per 100,000 inhabitants in that year. This peaked at 1,400 times per 100,000 inhabitants in Portugal (2015 data) and was followed by Austria, France, Czechia and Latvia where there were 1,300 surgeries per 100,000 population.
In contrast, Ireland had the lowest rate of cataract surgery where it was performed 241 times per 100,000 people. It was followed by Cyprus and Romania.
The data also show that between 2012 and 2017, the share of procedures for cataract surgery carried out on in-patients fell in nearly every EU Member State for which data were available.
In 2017, less than 10 per cent of procedures for cataract surgery were carried out as in-patient procedures in 16 of the Member States, with the lowest share of less than 1.0 per cent recorded in Estonia. In contrast, in four Member States, more than half of the procedures for cataract surgery continued to be performed on in-patients: Lithuania, Poland, Bulgaria and Romania (which had the highest share at 66.3%).