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T. Naito, H. Shiota, M. K. Sunuwar, T. Kiryu, K. B. Khadka, J. Akura; Current Situation of Cataract in South Nepal. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2007;48(13):5443.
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South Nepal was shown to be a cataract pocket zone. The purpose of this study is to investigate the current situation of cataract in south Nepal.
Screening eye camps were conducted at 8 villages in Rautahat district, Nepal in 2005. We investigated eye diseases and socio-economic factors of 4027 patients (2001 males and 2026 females) at the screening eye camps.
Forty-eight percent (48%) of the patients ( 981 males and 933 females, mean age 57.6 y.o. ) had cataract. Cataract is highly prevalent according to the age and 60% of the age group between 41-60 years had cataract. The estimate prevalence rate of cataract blindness is about 1% in the total population of Rautahat district. In this area, 64% people were farmers and only 28.2% were literate. However, 14% in the cataract patients were literate and this rate was quite low.
Results in south Nepal suggest that the prevalence of cataract is quite high and most cataract patients are very poor.
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