May 2003
Volume 44, Issue 13
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ARVO Annual Meeting Abstract  |   May 2003
Prevalence of Pseudoexfoliation Syndrome in Immigrant Tamil Population of Toronto
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • U. Ramesh
    Ophthalmology, Sunnybrook & Women's College Health Sciences Centre and St.Michael's Hospital., Toronto, ON, Canada
  • C. Birt
    Ophthalmology, Sunnybrook & Women's College Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, ON, Canada
  • C. Kranemann
    Ophthalmology, St.Michael's Hospital., Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Footnotes
    Commercial Relationships  U. Ramesh, None; C. Birt, None; C. Kranemann, None.
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Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science May 2003, Vol.44, 3403. doi:
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      U. Ramesh, C. Birt, C. Kranemann; Prevalence of Pseudoexfoliation Syndrome in Immigrant Tamil Population of Toronto . Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2003;44(13):3403.

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Abstract

Abstract: : Purpose: To determine the prevalence of pseudoexfoliation (pxs) in the Tamil population of Toronto. Methods: This is a population survey. We invited subjects above the age of 45 years through television, radio interviews in Tamil channels, contacted Tamil communities and placed newspaper advertisements about the research. A complete ocular examination was done including intra ocular pressure measurement using applanation tonometry in hospitals and community camps. Results: 511 patients (> 45 years) comprising 329 patients (45-65 years) and 182 patients (>65 years) were examined. All 21 Pxs positive patients were above 65 years old including 12 males and 9 females, 14 bilateral and 7 unilateral cases. Prevalence of Pxs was high in patients over 65 years at 11.5% and at 4.1% over 45 years. Prevalence of glaucoma was 29/511 patients (5.7%). All were open angle glaucoma. 10/29 glaucoma cases were pseudoexfoliative type (34.5%). Pseudoexfoliative glaucoma was found in 10/21 Pxs patients (47.6%). Conclusion: Pseudoexfoliation is high in the elderly Tamil population.

Keywords: clinical (human) or epidemiologic studies: pre 
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