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Curr Opin Ophthalmol. 2011 Jan;22(1):10-4. doi: 10.1097/ICU.0b013e3283414f50.

Cataract surgery in developing countries.

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L V Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad, India. rohit@lvpei.org

Abstract

PURPOSE OF REVIEW:

To review the previous year's literature related to cataract surgery in developing countries and to provide fast, up-to-date information to the scientific world.

RECENT FINDINGS:

Cataract is the leading cause of blindness, especially in developing countries. The prevalence of cataract increases with the aging population. Although cataract surgery is the most cost-effective intervention, its delivery in developing countries has many issues and challenges. A paradigm shift has occurred in the surgical techniques used for delivering cataract services and the outcomes have been positive in some countries compared to the scenario a decade ago. However, in some parts of Africa, it still continues to be a challenge. Apart from this, the issues related to ongoing supply of consumables and human resources continue to be a challenge in these countries.

SUMMARY:

Although manual small incision cataract surgery is the most cost-effective intervention, there are other issues related to the delivery of services in developing countries. We need to plan a comprehensive strategy to deliver the services in developing countries if we want to achieve our goal of VISION 2020.

PMID:
21107261
DOI:
10.1097/ICU.0b013e3283414f50
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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