The Barrie Jones Lecture—Eye care for the neglected population: challenges and solutions

Abstract

Globally, pockets of ‘neglected populations’ do not have access to basic health-care services and carry a much greater risk of blindness and visual impairment. While large-scale public health approaches to control blindness due to vitamin A deficiency, onchocerciasis, and trachoma are successful, other causes of blindness still take a heavy toll in the population. High-quality comprehensive eye care that is equitable is the approach that needs wide-scale application to alleviate this inequity. L V Prasad Eye Institute of India developed a multi-tier pyramidal model of eye care delivery that encompasses all levels from primary to advanced tertiary (quaternary). This has demonstrated the feasibility of ‘Universal Eye Health Coverage’ covering promotive, preventive, corrective, and rehabilitative aspects of eye care. Using human resources with competency-based training, effective and cost-effective care could be provided to many disadvantaged people.

DOI: 10.1038/eye.2014.239
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@article{Rao2015TheBJ, title={The Barrie Jones Lecture—Eye care for the neglected population: challenges and solutions}, author={Gullapalli N. Rao}, journal={Eye}, year={2015}, volume={29}, pages={30-45} }