alexa Visual Impairement and Blindness in the Rural Population of Western Rajasthan: Effort of a Dutch Foundation to Address the Problem
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Research Article

Visual Impairement and Blindness in the Rural Population of Western Rajasthan: Effort of a Dutch Foundation to Address the Problem

Shivananda S1* and Pronker ES2
1Chairman Shared Vision Foundation, The Netherlands
2Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Corresponding Author : Shivananda S
Chairman Shared Vision Foundation
The Netherlands President Kennedylaan 188
2343 GW Oegstgeest, The Netherlands
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Received April 17, 2014; Accepted June 13, 2014; Published June 15, 2014
Citation: Shivananda S, Pronker ES (2014) Visual Impairement and Blindness in the Rural Population of Western Rajasthan: Effort of a Dutch Foundation to Address the Problem. Fam Med Med Sci Res 3:124. doi:10.4172/2327-4972.1000124
Copyright: © 2014 Shivananda S, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
 

Abstract

Aim: The aim of this project was to investigate the magnitude of visual impairment and blindness in the rural population of Western Rajasthan and determine how best to address it.
Setting: Jodhpur District of Western Rajasthan. Population 2.8 million. Rural population 67% spread over 860 villages.
Method: An interventional “screen and treat” population based program of village outreach by holding Eye Camps--in remote areas of the District.
Participants: Candidates –lined up for screening at Eye Camps.
Results: Of the 49’ 518 screened; 32’ 615 men, women and children had refractory errors (mainly myopia and presbiopia). This is 66% of the total. 1’350 persons had cataract related blindness. This is 2.7% of the total population screened.

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