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
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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.|
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.