Incidence of cataracts in the mobile eye hospitals of Nepal

Graefes Arch Clin Exp Ophthalmol. 1982;218(1):25-7. doi: 10.1007/BF02134095.


The incidence of cataract in Nepal was determined from data collected in 14 mobile eye hospitals (called 'eye camps'). Of a total of 12,217 patients examined in the out-patient department (OPD), cataract surgery was performed on 2,163. The percentage of cataract patients in the OPD was less in the mountains (13.8%) than in the Tarai plains (19.8%). In the inhabitants of the mountains, the majority of whom belong to the Tibeto-Birman race, cataracts appeared at a significantly later age in both males and females compared to the people of the plains, who are mostly Indo-Aryan. Cataracts were discovered in both groups at a younger age in women than in men.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Altitude
  • Cataract / epidemiology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Nepal
  • Sex Factors