Number of ophthalmologists per population in Europe 2017

In 2017, Czechia had the highest ratio of ophthalmologists in Europe at 3.79 per 10,000 population. Greece had the second-highest number in Europe in this year with 2.56 per 10,000 population, with Switzerland following up with 1.93 ophthalmologists.

Differing type of eye specialists

While ophthalmologists are doctors who are trained to treat eye conditions, optometrists are there to test a person’s eyesight. They are not qualified doctors but can prescribe glasses and contact lenses. Spain had the highest rate of optometrists in Europe in 2017 with 3.63 per 10,000 population. While Czechia has 0.95 optometrists per 10,000 population.

Wearing of eye aids in Europe

The share of people who wear spectacles in Czechia is fairly in line with the average across Europe. In 2017, approximately 45 percent of the Czech population wore glasses, while 48 percent was the average for Europe. Slovakia had the highest share of spectacle wearers at 85 percent. Additionally, Slovakia also had the highest share of contact lens wearers in Europe with fifteen percent of its population doing so in 2017, with Cyprus and Latvia also having fifteen percent of wearers in this year.

Number of ophthalmologists per 10,000 population in Europe in 2017

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May 2017



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