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

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

(All providers n=40)

  • Have had an eye exam
  • Never had an eye exam

Complications adults with diabetes were most concerned about

(Adults with diabetes n=40)

  • Vision loss
  • Cardiovascular disease/stroke
  • Amputation
  • Kidney disease

Frequency of discussions about eye complications with health care providers

(Adults with diabetes n=39)

  • Every visit
  • Multiple times per year
  • Once a year
  • When symptoms arise
  • Never
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