Prevalence of Eye Diseases and Visual Impairment In Urban Population - A Study from University of Malaya Medical Centre

Reddy, S.C.; Tajunisah, I.; Low, K.P.; Karmila, A.B. (2008) Prevalence of Eye Diseases and Visual Impairment In Urban Population - A Study from University of Malaya Medical Centre. Malaysian Family Physicians, 3 (1). pp. 25-28. ISSN 1985-2274

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Abstract

One thousand one hundred and sixty-nine (1169) patients were examined in the Eye Clinic of University of Malaya Medical Centre over a period of three weeks to determine the prevalence of eye diseases and visual impairment. Age, gender, race, visual acuity and diagnosis of patients were noted from the case records. Cataract (385, 32.9%) was the most common eye disease seen in our study followed by glaucoma (274, 23.4%). Refractive errors were seen in 126 (10.8%) while diabetic retinopathy was noted in 113 (9.7%) patients. One hundred and fifteen (9.6%) patients had visual impairment and 11 (0.9%) had blindness in our study according to WHO classification of visual impairment. Refractive errors are the most common causes of visual impairment in children, while cataract, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy account for visual impairment in elderly people. All these eye diseases are treatable and the severe eye conditions may be potentially preventable with early diagnosis.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Malaysian Family Physicians
Additional Information: University of Malaya. Faculty of Medicine. Dept. of Ophthalmology
Uncontrolled Keywords: Corneal Diseases, Diabetic Retinopathy
Subjects: R Medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine
Depositing User: Mr. Faizal Hamzah
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2011 16:22
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2014 13:40
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/1759

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