“Vision centers can help reduce blindness and impaired vision”

A NEW longitudinal eye health study of the low-income urban population of Pune showed that the prevalence of blindness and impaired vision decreased over four years from 2015 to 2019, blindness from 0.26% to 0 .1% and visual impairment from 0.16% to 0.05%.

Published recently in the Indian Journal of Ophthalmology, the study indicated that vision centers can help reduce blindness and impaired vision.

In a new initiative, researchers from the Community Eye Care Foundation, led by consultant ophthalmologist Dr Parikshit Gogate, attempted to estimate the prevalence of blindness and severe visual impairment (SVI) using an examination strategy of door-to-door screening and vision center (VC). in the slums of Pune on a population of almost 50,000 in 2015, then repeated the exercise after four years to study its impact.

“We have seen a reduction in blindness and visual impairment over the years, and the gender gap for eyes with

A dedicated team led by Dr. Supriya Phadke of four trained community health workers measured visual acuity and performed an external eye exam at patients’ homes. If the vision is 20/60 (6/18), the person can read at 20 feet (6 meters) what people with normal vision can read at 60 feet (18 meters). Therefore, people with

“The main cause of blindness was cataracts, with a proportion of 44.9% and 41.6% respectively in the first and second surveys. In 2015, patients with cataracts had more severe visual impairments than in 2019. In four years, from 2015 to 2019, the vision center examined 8,211 patients (3,377 men, including 529 boys, and 4,834 women , including 520 girls).

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