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October 1980

World Blindness and Its Prevention

Arch Ophthalmol. 1980;98(10):1878. doi:10.1001/archopht.1980.01020040730028

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The core of this book is a collection of documents resulting from the First General Assembly of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness held in Oxford, England, July 1978.

The first part consists of a discussion of the six main causes of blindness. These are blinding eye infections (trachoma), blinding malnutrition (xerophthalmia and keratomalacia), blinding filaria (onchocerciasis), curable blindness (cataract), glaucoma, and blinding accidents. The other sections deal with policies and strategies to combat and prevent blindness in the various regions of the world. The attached documents and statistics are most valuable as background information for anybody interested in this most important aspect of public health.

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