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Excellence and equity in eye care.

Astbury N - Community Eye Health (2009)

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Affiliation: Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital NHS Trust, Colney Lane, Norwich NR4 7UY, UK.

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The theme of the 8 General Assembly was ‘Excellence and equity in eye care’ -superlative sound bites perhaps, but when those words are considered in the context of VISION 2020, they take on a meaning that should define all our efforts to combat avoidable blindness... Everyone involved in eye care should not compromise their own high standards in striving for excellence in their work... Equity means not discriminating between people of different ethnicity, religion, age, gender, or social class, and delivering services in an acceptable, accessible, and affordable way... Equity, Foster reiterated, is a right founded on moral justice... A review by Hans Limburg et al. of recent surveys on blindness and visual impairment in Latin America analysed data from nine countries and concluded that 43% to 88% of all blindness in Latin America is curable, being caused by cataract and refractive errors... Although simple and cost-effective strategies do exist, they need to be made available to more people... In addition, the visual outcomes of cataract surgery in most of the survey areas gave cause for concern, particularly in the case of cataract surgery without intraocular lens implantation... The Pakistan national blindness and visual impairment survey revealed a prevalence of total blindness more than three times higher in poor clusters than in affluent clusters... It also showed that, in poor communities, the cataract coverage and uptake of spectacle provision were less than half compared with rich communities... Inequity of access is an important factor even for relatively straightforward interventions such as the provision of spectacles... The ideals of excellence and equity are no less relevant in developing countries than they are in Europe and the West... All patients are equally deserving of the same high standard of care.

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Excellence and equity in eye care.

Astbury N - Community Eye Health (2009)

Worldwide, visual outcomes of cataract surgery are still a cause for concern. SOMALIA
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Figure 2: Worldwide, visual outcomes of cataract surgery are still a cause for concern. SOMALIA

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Affiliation: Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital NHS Trust, Colney Lane, Norwich NR4 7UY, UK.

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The theme of the 8 General Assembly was ‘Excellence and equity in eye care’ -superlative sound bites perhaps, but when those words are considered in the context of VISION 2020, they take on a meaning that should define all our efforts to combat avoidable blindness... Everyone involved in eye care should not compromise their own high standards in striving for excellence in their work... Equity means not discriminating between people of different ethnicity, religion, age, gender, or social class, and delivering services in an acceptable, accessible, and affordable way... Equity, Foster reiterated, is a right founded on moral justice... A review by Hans Limburg et al. of recent surveys on blindness and visual impairment in Latin America analysed data from nine countries and concluded that 43% to 88% of all blindness in Latin America is curable, being caused by cataract and refractive errors... Although simple and cost-effective strategies do exist, they need to be made available to more people... In addition, the visual outcomes of cataract surgery in most of the survey areas gave cause for concern, particularly in the case of cataract surgery without intraocular lens implantation... The Pakistan national blindness and visual impairment survey revealed a prevalence of total blindness more than three times higher in poor clusters than in affluent clusters... It also showed that, in poor communities, the cataract coverage and uptake of spectacle provision were less than half compared with rich communities... Inequity of access is an important factor even for relatively straightforward interventions such as the provision of spectacles... The ideals of excellence and equity are no less relevant in developing countries than they are in Europe and the West... All patients are equally deserving of the same high standard of care.

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