Saudi Arabia

Study populations 

Saudi Arabia, in 2016, had an estimated population of 32.1m with 28% under the age of 15 and only 3% over the age of 65. By 2050, the population is expected to increase by 43%, and associated with a significant change in the age distribution, 19% of the population will be in the older age group constituting some 7m people.

Alongside the ageing population, diabetes prevalence is increasing – with the most recent statistics reporting 3.5m people living with the condition. Of note, Saudi Arabia has the highest diabetes prevalence rate in the region at 17.6%.

Report & Infographic 

Cover page for Saudi Arabia Study Report. For accessible PDF version of full report click the image.
Info-graphic containing overview of findings. For an accessible PDF please click the image.

Time of presentation for screening with an ophthamologist

(Ophthamologists n=10)
In time for screening When visual problems have already occurred Too late for effective treatment

Percentage of adults with diabetes who have completed an eye exam

55% Have had an eye exam, 45% Never had an eye exam
(All providers n=40)
Have had an eye exam
Never had an eye exam  

Complications adults with diabetes were most concerned about

22.5% Vision loss, 22.5% Cardiovascular disease/stroke, 17.5% Amputation, 10% Kidney disease
(Adults with diabetes n=40)
Vision loss Cardiovascular disease/stroke
Amputation Kidney disease

Frequency of discussions about eye complications with health care providers

23.1% Every visit, 30.8% Multiple times per year, 12.8% Once a year, 17.9% When symptoms arise, 10.3% Never
(Adults with diabetes n=39)
Every visit Multiple times per year Once a year When symptoms arise Never

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