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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 10-12

Barriers to the uptake of cataract surgical services in Sudan: A population based study in Kassala State


1 Faculty of Medicine, Alneelain University, Khartoum, Sudan
2 Department of Contact Lenses, Faculty of Optometry and Visual Science, Alneelain University, Khartoum, Sudan

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Mustafa Abdu
Faculty of Optometry and Visual Science, Alneelain University, Khartoum
Sudan
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DOI: 10.4103/1858-540X.158990

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Aim: To determine the barriers to cataract surgery as reported by those with cataract-induced visual impairment in Kassala state, eastern Sudan. Materials and methods: A cross-sectional, population-based survey of people aged 50 years and older. Around 2146 eligible people were identified and 2050 examined (95.5%). Participants with cataract-induced visual impairment (acuity <6/18 in better eye) were also invited to respond to a verbal questionnaire about barriers to cataract surgery. Results: Main barriers for not up-taking cataract surgery services were inability to afford (45.7%), unaware of treatment (14.2%), waiting for maturity (7.1%), contra-indication (7.1%) and unavailability of services (6.3%). Conclusion: Cost and lack of awareness are the most frequent barriers in Kassala state.


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