Cyprus had the second lowest number of cataract surgeries as a proportion of the population in the European Union according to 2017 figures published by Eurostat on Wednesday.
These show that cataract surgery was performed 303 times per 100,000 inhabitants in Cyprus.
Eurostat said cataract surgeries, which means the extraction of the lens from an eye, were conducted 4.7 million times in 2017 across the EU Member States.
In 13 of the Member States, cataract surgeries were performed 1,000 times or more per 100,000 inhabitants, peaking at 1,400 times per 100,000 inhabitants in Portugal (2015 data), followed by 1,300 each in Austria, France, Czechia and Latvia.
By contrast, cataract surgery was performed fewer than 400 times per 100 000 inhabitants in Romania, Cyprus and Ireland.