Journal article

Cataract Surgical Rate and Socioeconomics: A Global Study

Wei Wang, William Yan, Kathy Fotis, Noela M Prasad, Van Charles Lansingh, Hugh R Taylor, Robert P Finger, Damian Facciolo, Mingguang He

INVESTIGATIVE OPHTHALMOLOGY & VISUAL SCIENCE | ASSOC RESEARCH VISION OPHTHALMOLOGY INC | Published : 2016

Abstract

Purpose: Cataract is the leading cause of blindness and cataract surgical rate (CSR) is used as a proxy indicator of access to cataract services in a country. The aim of this study was to explore the associations between the CSR and the economic development of countries in terms of gross domestic product per capital (GDP/P) and gross national income per capita (GNI/P). Methods: We systematically searched OVID (Medline and Embase), Pubmed, Embase.com, ISI Web of Science, and Cochrane Library databases, and retrieved additional data from unpublished reports. Cataract surgical rates and economic indicators (GDP/P, GNI/P) were collected for each country from 2005 to 2014. Complete data were used..

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Grants

Awarded by National Natural Science Foundation of China (Beijing, China)


Awarded by Science and Technology Planning Project of Guangdong Province (Guangzhou, Guangdong, China)


Funding Acknowledgements

Supported by the Fundamental Research Funds of the State Key Laboratory, National Natural Science Foundation of China 81420108008 (Beijing, China), Science and Technology Planning Project of Guangdong Province, 2013B20400003 (Guangzhou, Guangdong, China), and a grant from The Fred Hollows Foundation (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia). The University of Melbourne Research at Melbourne Accelerator Program Professorship (MH; Melbourne, Victoria, Australia). The Centre for Eye Research Australia receives operational infrastructural support from the Victorian government (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia). No payment was received by any external funder or outside source for the writing of this report.