Role of outreach camps in reducing the burden of cataracts in South India

Rajesh R. Nayak, Ajay R. Kamath, Madhurima A. Nayak, Gurudutt M. Kamath, Manjunath M. Kamath, Susan D'Souza

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Aim: To establish the efficacy of rural outreach programme in reducing blindness caused by cataract by comparative analysis of visual outcome. Materials and Methods: Records of patients attending outreach camps conducted during 10 years i.e., 2001-02 to 2010-11 were studied. The total number of patients attending the camp and those who were detected to have visually significant cataract were noted. Similarly, the number of patients attending the outpatient department of the department of Ophthalmology and the number detected with visually significant cataract were noted. Data was tabulated and analyzed. Result: Out of 1, 16,615 patients visiting the outpatient department during those ten years, 3,014 were detected to have cataract (2.58%). 744 camps were conducted during the period of ten years, screening 60,086 patients and 6711 (11.17%) of them were detected to have cataract and were operated. These results were statistically significant. Conclusions: High numbers of cataracts were detected in the rural parts of South India with the help of outreach camps, while compared to tertiary care centres. They were given treatment in the form of cataract extraction and implantation of intraocular lens. Hence, conducting outreach camps forms an integral part in decreasing the visual morbidity due to cataract.

Original languageEnglish
Article number5
JournalOnline Journal of Health and Allied Sciences
Volume13
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 01-01-2014

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Cataract
India
Outpatients
Intraocular Lens Implantation
Cataract Extraction
Ophthalmology
Blindness
Tertiary Care Centers
Morbidity

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Nayak, R. R., Kamath, A. R., Nayak, M. A., Kamath, G. M., Kamath, M. M., & D'Souza, S. (2014). Role of outreach camps in reducing the burden of cataracts in South India. Online Journal of Health and Allied Sciences, 13(1), [5].
Nayak, Rajesh R. ; Kamath, Ajay R. ; Nayak, Madhurima A. ; Kamath, Gurudutt M. ; Kamath, Manjunath M. ; D'Souza, Susan. / Role of outreach camps in reducing the burden of cataracts in South India. In: Online Journal of Health and Allied Sciences. 2014 ; Vol. 13, No. 1.
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Nayak, RR, Kamath, AR, Nayak, MA, Kamath, GM, Kamath, MM & D'Souza, S 2014, 'Role of outreach camps in reducing the burden of cataracts in South India', Online Journal of Health and Allied Sciences, vol. 13, no. 1, 5.

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