Retinal detachment in developing countries

Eye (Lond). 2002 Jul;16(4):353-8. doi: 10.1038/sj.eye.6700188.


Treatment of retinal detachment has been a low priority in developing countries. It is thought to be less common in India and Africa than in Europe and N America. The aetiology and presentation of retinal detachment in the Third World are affected by genetic and environmental factors. In general, patients are more likely to present late, and complex detachments are relatively more common. Despite these problems, the results of surgery are encouraging, with more than 80% final anatomical success, and over 60% of re-attached retinas obtaining vision of 6/60 or better. The management of retinal detachment in developing countries can be improved by strengthening training programmes and by developing and equipping centres to carry out retinal surgery.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Developing Countries*
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Retinal Detachment / epidemiology
  • Retinal Detachment / etiology
  • Retinal Detachment / surgery*