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THE BURDEN OF GLAUCOMA
Quigley and Broman review the published data of prevalence models of glaucoma in order to predict the number of people likely to be affected in 2010 and 2020. Their conclusions are startling. Glaucoma remains the second leading cause of blindness worldwide, disproportionately affecting women and Asians. In 2010 there will be 60.5 million people with glaucoma. This will increase to 79.6 million by 2020. See p 262
RETINOPATHY OF PREMATURITY STILL ON THE RISE
Although the identification and treatment of retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) in wealthy nations has produced encouraging early results and the overall burden of ROP has decreased somewhat, it is an increasingly important cause of blindness in middle income countries. Chen and Li describe the data of 114 babies born in Beijing in an intensive care nursery. …
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