Table 3

Principal causes of presenting blindness in eyes

Eyes of bilaterally blind personEyes of unilaterally blind peopleAll blind eyes
Principal causeNo (%)No (%)No (%)
*Phthisical/disorganised/absent globe.
Cataract 762 (64.4)355 (60.8)1117 (63.2)
Refractive error 276 (23.3) 72 (12.3) 348 (19.7)
ARMD 34 (2.9) 18 (3.1) 52 (2.9)
Corneal opacity 19 (1.6) 31 (5.3) 50 (2.8)
Globe disorders* 19 (1.6) 31 (5.3) 50 (2.8)
Glaucoma 27 (2.3) 14 (2.4) 41 (2.3)
Optic atrophy 11 (0.9) 17 (2.9) 28 (1.6)
Retinal detachment 6 (0.5) 13 (2.2) 19 (1.1)
PCO 6 (0.5) 6 (1.0) 12 (0.7)
Amblyopia 2 (0.2) 6 (1.0) 8 (0.5)
Other/surgical ‚ÄÉcomplications 6 (0.5) 9 (1.5) 15 (0.9)
Other 16 (1.4) 12 (2.1) 28 (1.6)
All causes1184 (1.4) 584 (100.0)1768 (100.0)