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The Current Status of Glaucoma and Glaucoma Care in Sub-Saharan Africa

The Current Status of Glaucoma and Glaucoma Care in Sub-Saharan Africa Downloaded from http://journals.lww.com/apjoo by BhDMf5ePHKbH4TTImqenVA5KvPVPZ0P5BEgU+IUTEfzO/GUWifn2IfwcEVVH9SSn on 06/01/2020 REVIEW ARTICLE The Current Status of Glaucoma and Glaucoma Care in Sub-Saharan Africa Fatima Kyari, FWACS, PhD,* Bola Adekoya, FWACS, FMCOphth, MSc,† Mohammed Mahdi Abdull, FWACS, PhD,‡ Abdullahi Sadiq Mohammed, FMCOph, FIIEIH,§ and Farouk Garba, FMCOph, MIM, MSc¶ as the level of evidence used to define the disease varies with Abstract: Glaucoma is a serious and irreversibly blinding eye condi- the resources and level of expertise of the personnel available tion of public health importance in Africa. The absence of distinct early for conducting the survey. Thus for population-based surveys, symptoms makes the condition hard to recognize by patients. The gradual especially in resource-scarce settings, a definition of glaucoma vision deterioration that occurs is worse in one eye, thereby making it was proposed by the International Society of Geographical and difficult for those affected to be aware of the vision loss until the ad - Epidemiological Ophthalmology, in that its diagnosis is made vanced stages of the disease. We discuss the epidemiology of glaucoma according to 3 levels of evidence, regardless of angle morphol- in sub-Saharan Africa, highlighting the risk factors for the disease as well ogy. Whatever the level of evidence http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Asia-Pacific Journal of Ophthalmology Wolters Kluwer Health

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Wolters Kluwer Health
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2162-0989
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2475-5028
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10.22608/APO.2018392
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Downloaded from http://journals.lww.com/apjoo by BhDMf5ePHKbH4TTImqenVA5KvPVPZ0P5BEgU+IUTEfzO/GUWifn2IfwcEVVH9SSn on 06/01/2020 REVIEW ARTICLE The Current Status of Glaucoma and Glaucoma Care in Sub-Saharan Africa Fatima Kyari, FWACS, PhD,* Bola Adekoya, FWACS, FMCOphth, MSc,† Mohammed Mahdi Abdull, FWACS, PhD,‡ Abdullahi Sadiq Mohammed, FMCOph, FIIEIH,§ and Farouk Garba, FMCOph, MIM, MSc¶ as the level of evidence used to define the disease varies with Abstract: Glaucoma is a serious and irreversibly blinding eye condi- the resources and level of expertise of the personnel available tion of public health importance in Africa. The absence of distinct early for conducting the survey. Thus for population-based surveys, symptoms makes the condition hard to recognize by patients. The gradual especially in resource-scarce settings, a definition of glaucoma vision deterioration that occurs is worse in one eye, thereby making it was proposed by the International Society of Geographical and difficult for those affected to be aware of the vision loss until the ad - Epidemiological Ophthalmology, in that its diagnosis is made vanced stages of the disease. We discuss the epidemiology of glaucoma according to 3 levels of evidence, regardless of angle morphol- in sub-Saharan Africa, highlighting the risk factors for the disease as well ogy. Whatever the level of evidence

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The Asia-Pacific Journal of OphthalmologyWolters Kluwer Health

Published: Nov 1, 2018

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