PREVALENCE OF CLINICAL BLINDNESS AMONG OUT-PATIENT ATTENDANTS (ABOVE 25 YEARS OF AGE) AT BENHA OPHTHALMIC HOSPITAL
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Blindness is a world wide health problem. The aim of this work was to study the magnitude of clinical blindness problem and to find out the causes associated with the disease among the attendants of Benha Ophthalmic HospitaL It was found that the prevalence of clinical blindness during the period of study was 4.2%. Females were more affected than males (58.6% & 41.4% respectively) and 68.6% of cases were rural attendants. Also, 72.9% of blind cases were living within familes of low socioeconomic standard and 70.5 % of cases were among age group (55 and more years). The commonst causes of blindness were corneal lesions cataract and glaucoma, they constituted (76.3%). Primary health care approach in prevention and treatment is recommended.