Cataract epidemiology and world blindness

S. C. Gieser, O. D. Schein

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Abstract

Cataract is the leading cause of blindness in the world. Due to increased longevity, the incidence of visually impairing cataract is rising. Identification of risk factors may lead to strategies to reduce this public health problem. This past year, additional evidence has linked heavy alcohol consumption, cigarette smoking, and ultraviolet light exposure with cataract. Currently the only effective measure for control is cataract surgery. Worldwide, most cataracts are removed with intracapsular extraction. Increasingly, extracapsular cataract extraction with implantation of posterior chamber intraocular lenses is becoming available in many developing countries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5-8
Number of pages4
JournalCurrent opinion in ophthalmology
Volume5
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology

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