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. 1997;23 Suppl 1:601-4.
doi: 10.1016/s0886-3350(97)80040-5.

Epidemiology of Cataract in Childhood: A Global Perspective

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Epidemiology of Cataract in Childhood: A Global Perspective

A Foster et al. J Cataract Refract Surg. .

Abstract

Cataract is the most important cause of treatable childhood blindness. There are an estimated 200,000 children blind from cataract worldwide; 20,000 to 40,000 children with developmental bilateral cataract are born each year. Rubella is still an important cause of preventable disease in many countries. In the developing world, there is a need to improve early case detection and referral services and to establish centers with expertise in the assessment, surgical treatment, and long-term management of the child with cataract.

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