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Childhood blindness in Jamaica.
  1. B J Moriarty
  1. Medical Research Council Laboratories, University of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica.


    Examinations were performed on the 108 blind Jamaican children (VA less than 6/60 in the better eye) in residential care. The congenital rubella syndrome (CRS) was the leading preventable cause of childhood blindness, accounting for 22% of children examined. Improvement of the rubella immunisation programme and the introduction of appropriate surgical procedures constitute recent attempts to combat childhood blindness.

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