A community-based evaluation of eyesight and spectacle use after intracapsular cataract extraction in northern India

J Trop Med Hyg. 1995 Apr;98(2):84-8.


The visual outcome and extent of aphakic spectacle use at community level was evaluated in 177 patients who underwent ICCE in peripheral camps. In 16.9%, both eyes were operated. The mean age at cataract surgery was 63 years (range 33-82 years). After surgery, 79.7% had better vision; 72.3% were extremely satisfied with the surgical outcome. Of those with improved or similar vision, 81.9% were regularly using aphakic spectacles. Free aphakic spectacles after surgery were received by 57.6%. Broken spectacles was the most common cause for not using or intermittently using spectacles. The major benefits to patients were the ability to undertake personal activities, improved mobility and recognition of family members, friends and cattle.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Aphakia, Postcataract / rehabilitation*
  • Cataract Extraction* / methods
  • Cataract Extraction* / statistics & numerical data
  • Eyeglasses / statistics & numerical data*
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • India
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Rural Health
  • Treatment Outcome