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Ophthalmology in Peru

Ophthalmology in Peru EDITORIAL ERU IS a country located at the central-west have cataract surgery. Glaucoma represents 6% to 11% margin of South America. The land area is of cases of blindness. Blindness caused by corneal dis- approximately 1 285 216 km , and it is di- eases is more common in the poor locations, and degen- vided into 3 major natural regions: the coast, erative macular diseases and diabetic retinopathy are more P the Andes mountains, and the jungle. The common in urban areas. country has 26 million inhabitants. Peru is a country in The proportion of avoidable blindness, preventable development, 60% of its population is classified as poor; and treatable with a potential for cure, is high (urban Lima, half of these are considered in extreme poverty. Lima, 83.89%; marginal Lima, 78.49%; and rural areas, 88.29%). the capital city, contains a third of the country’s popu- In children, blindness represents one of the major factors lation. Approximately 40% of the population is unable of disability. Corneal leucomas and cataracts are more com- to access health services owing to economic circum- mon causes of blindness in Peruvian children. stances and geographic location. In all populations, the presence of uncorrected re- In http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JAMA Ophthalmology American Medical Association

Ophthalmology in Peru

JAMA Ophthalmology , Volume 120 (10) – Oct 1, 2002

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American Medical Association
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Copyright 2002 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.
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2168-6165
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2168-6173
DOI
10.1001/archopht.120.10.1373
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Abstract

EDITORIAL ERU IS a country located at the central-west have cataract surgery. Glaucoma represents 6% to 11% margin of South America. The land area is of cases of blindness. Blindness caused by corneal dis- approximately 1 285 216 km , and it is di- eases is more common in the poor locations, and degen- vided into 3 major natural regions: the coast, erative macular diseases and diabetic retinopathy are more P the Andes mountains, and the jungle. The common in urban areas. country has 26 million inhabitants. Peru is a country in The proportion of avoidable blindness, preventable development, 60% of its population is classified as poor; and treatable with a potential for cure, is high (urban Lima, half of these are considered in extreme poverty. Lima, 83.89%; marginal Lima, 78.49%; and rural areas, 88.29%). the capital city, contains a third of the country’s popu- In children, blindness represents one of the major factors lation. Approximately 40% of the population is unable of disability. Corneal leucomas and cataracts are more com- to access health services owing to economic circum- mon causes of blindness in Peruvian children. stances and geographic location. In all populations, the presence of uncorrected re- In

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Published: Oct 1, 2002

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