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S Afr Med J. 2000 Oct;90(10):1030-2.

Rapid assessment of cataract surgical coverage in rural Zululand.

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International Centre for Eye Health (Department of Preventive Ophthalmology), Institute of Ophthalmology, London.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Cataract surgical coverage (CSC) is a useful indicator of the degree of success of a cataract intervention programme. However, because previously described methods are time-consuming and labour-intensive, they are rarely performed. This study describes a simple and inexpensive assessment of CSC based on screening of pensioners at pension delivery sites in a rural district.

DESIGN:

Random cluster-based cross-sectional survey.

SETTING:

State pension distribution sites in Hlabisa, a rural district in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

SUBJECTS:

562 old-age pensioners.

METHOD:

Subjects found to be blind (visual acuity < 3/60) and those reporting a history of eye surgery were examined using a torch and direct ophthalmoscope by an ophthalmologist.

OUTCOME MEASURES:

Cases of blindness due to operable cataract and post-cataract surgical subjects were identified.

RESULTS:

CSC was found to be 38.5% (95% confidence interval 29.1-47.9%). Blindness prevalence was 10.3%, with 69.0% due to cataract.

PMID:
11081113
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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