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Year : 1990  |  Volume : 35  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 118-122

"Blindness due to leprosy and its socio-economic aspects"

Regional Institute of ophthalmology Medical College, Calcutta 700073

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PR Chatterjee
Regional Institute of ophthalmology Medical College, Calcutta 700073

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ABSTRACT: A total number of 800 cases of leprosy of both sexes were studied and 87.75 percent cases had some forms of ocular involvement Blindness was noted in 3.7 percent of cases. Of which 2.56 percent had bilateral and 1.13 percent unilateral blindness. The main cause of blindness was occlusio pupliae and complicated cataract. Blindness was mostly seen in agriculturers (35.29 percent) next to them were labourers (17.64 percent), rickshaw pullers (11.64 percent), sweepers (8.82 percent) and beggars (8.82 percent) respectively. The most of them (94.12 percent) were from lower socio-economic groups. So, we emphasize the importance of routine and regular ocular examination of all leprosy cases as soon as the disease is diagnosed in order to save the eyes from serious complications e.g. blindness.

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