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J Cataract Refract Surg. 1997;23 Suppl 1:601-4.

Epidemiology of cataract in childhood: a global perspective.

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International Centre for Eye Health, London, United Kingdom.


Cataract is the most important cause of treatable childhood blindness. There are an estimated 200,000 children blind from cataract worldwide; 20,000 to 40,000 children with developmental bilateral cataract are born each year. Rubella is still an important cause of preventable disease in many countries. In the developing world, there is a need to improve early case detection and referral services and to establish centers with expertise in the assessment, surgical treatment, and long-term management of the child with cataract.

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