Condição de saúde ocular em idosos residentes em asilos de Curitiba - Brasil

Condição de saúde ocular em idosos residentes em asilos de Curitiba - Brasil


Sandra Zandavalli Ávila,
Ayrton Roberto Branco Ramos,
Hamilton Moreira,
Carlos Augusto Moreira,
Carlos Augusto Moreira Júnior


Arquivos Brasileiros de Oftalmologia

versão impressa ISSN 0004-2749versão On-line ISSN 1678-2925

Arq. Bras. Oftalmol. vol.56 no.2 São Paulo abr. 1993


The eye disorders and need for ophthalmological procedures due to pathological conditions were studied among 487 elderly people living in 10 nursing homes in-Curitiba, Brazil. The majority of the population studied were over 61 years old (67.1%). Previous ocular surgery was reported by 10.5% of the population and 70.6% of these were cataract extractions. Only 29.6% had 20/40 visual acuity or better, and 21.3% were found to be legally blind. The prevalence of age related macular degeneration was 25.87% of the individuals examined. The prevalence of senile cataract was 38.40% of the individuals. The authors concluded that lack of education was the main factor contributing for such a high amount of reversible legal blindness.


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