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  1. Keith Barton1,
  2. James Chodosh2,
  3. Jost B Jonas, Editors in chief3
  1. 1 Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, UK
  2. 2 Ophthalmology, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary Howe Laboratory Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  3. 3 Department of Ophthalmology, Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg, Seegartenklinik Heidelberg, Mannheim, Germany
  1. Correspondence to Mr Keith Barton,Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, UK; BJO{at}

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Prevalence and causes of vision loss in North Africa and Middle East in 2015: Magnitude, temporal trends, and projections (see page 863)

The age-standardised prevalence of vision impairment for all ages and genders decreased from 1990 to 2015 in NAME. Cataract and refractive errors were the leading causes of vision impairment in 1990 and 2015.

Prevalence and causes of blindness and vision impairment: Magnitude, temporal trends, and projections in South and Central Asia (see page 871)

Age-standardised prevalence of blindness in South Asia was more than twice the global prevalence with one third of the global blind residing in South Asia and under corrected refractive error and cataract as most common causes

Prevalence and causes of vision loss in south-east Asia and Oceania in 2015: Magnitude, temporal trends, and projections (see page 878)

The age-standardised prevalence of blindness for all ages and both genders was higher in the Oceania region but lower for MSVI when comparing the subregions. The prevalence of near vision impairment in people?50 years was 41%

Prevalence and causes of vision loss in Latin America and the Caribbean: 2015: Magnitude, temporal trends, and projections (see page 885)

In 2015, across Latin America and the Caribbean, age-standardised prevalence was 0.38% in all ages and 1.56% in those over age 50 for blindness; 2.06% in all ages and 7.86% in those over age 50 for moderate and severe vision impairment (MSVI)

Racial differences and determinants of macular thickness profiles in multi-ethnic Asian population: the Singapore epidemiology of eye diseases study (see page 894)

The authors report associations between macular thickness with inter-ethnic difference (between Chinese, Malays and Indians), cholesterol, chronic kidney disease, corneal curvature and cataracts, …

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