Impact Of Uncorrected Refractive Error
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Astigmatism10.1136/bjo.2006.090233PMCID: PMC1857030Uncorrected refractive errorC A McCartyCorrespondence to: Catherine A McCartyPhD, MPH, Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation, Center for Human Genetics, 1000 North Oak Avenue (ML1), Marshfield, WI 54449, USA; firstname.lastname@example.orgAuthor information ► Article notes ► Copyright and License information ►Accepted 2006 Feb 1.Copyright © http://www.lcif.org/EN/our-work/sight/uncorrected-refractive-error.php 2006 BMJ Publishing GroupThis article has been cited by other articles in PMC.Short abstractWe need to act now to eliminate preventable blindness by the year 2020Keywords: refractive error, Vision 2020, myopia, vision impairmentIn 1997, the World Health Organization set itself an ambitious goal to eliminate avoidable blindness in the world by 2020, with one of http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1857030/ the five main priorities being refractive errors.1,2 A recent review of the impact of Vision 2020 on preventable blindness, other than uncorrected refractive errors, indicates that current estimates of global blindness are less than projected, and thus the trend is in the right direction to meet the Vision 2020 goal for the other conditions.3 The article by Fotouhi et al in this month's issue of BJO (p 534) indicates that we are not doing so well on meeting the goal to eliminate vision impairment caused by uncorrected refractive error in Tehran. At this point, perhaps readers are thinking that the problem of uncorrected refractive error is unique to countries with relatively poorer healthcare systems. Let us consider the paper by Fotouhi et al in the global context of vision impairment caused by refractive errors.A PubMed search in January 2006 using the search strategy “uncorrected refractive error AND epidemiology” and “undercorrected refractive error AND epidemiology” revealed 19 population based studies of uncorrected refractive errors,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,
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