Visual impairment in South Africa: achieve-ments and challenges

African Vision and Eye Health

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Title Visual impairment in South Africa: achieve-ments and challenges
Creator Sacharowitz, H.S.
Subject — Low vision, visual impairment, blindness, visual impairment in Africa, public health
Description Estimates of the prevalence and causes of visual impairment in South Africa are reviewed against the existing services and limitations in the country. The magnitude1 of visual impair-ment  and  the  projected  increase  worldwide over the coming decades have been recognized as having potentially far-reaching social, eco-nomic and quality of life implications for not only the affected individuals but also for their families and communities. Two-thirds or more of all blindness is avoidable, in that the causes are  preventable  or  treatable.2,  3  Early  detec-tion, prevention and management programs are needed to reduce the impact of visual impair-ment. Approximately 80% of the South African population is indigent, relying on public hospi-tals and clinics and the remaining 20% of the population has access to private health care.4 As the majority of eye care professionals are in private practice, access to eye care services are available to only a minority of the population. This paper reviews the current services in South Africa and the challenges that lie ahead.
Publisher AOSIS
Date 2005-12-19
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — —
Format application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/aveh.v64i4.239
Source African Vision and Eye Health; South African Optometrist: Vol 64, No 4 (2005); 139-149 2410-1516 2413-3183
Language eng
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Rights Copyright (c) 2005 H.S. Sacharowitz