Cataract in children

Foster, A; Gilbert, C; (2003) Cataract in children. Acta paediatrica (Oslo, Norway, 92 (12). pp. 1376-8. ISSN 0803-5253 DOI:

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Of the estimated 1.4 million children world-wide who are blind, cataract is responsible for an estimated 190,000 (14%). The incidence varies from 1 to 3/10,000 live births or 10 per million of the total population in low-income countries. Early diagnosis, referral and surgery are important in improving results. A recent study from Sweden indicates that examination of babies in maternity wards results in earlier referral compared with well-baby clinics or no formal screening. Conclusion: It is important that standardized protocols be developed and implemented to screen children for ocular anomalies, especially cataract, before discharge from maternity units.

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases > Dept of Clinical Research
Research Centre: The International Centre for Evidence in Disability
International Centre for Eye Health
Centre for Global Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)
PubMed ID: 14971784
Web of Science ID: 187845000005


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