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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 38  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 83-85
Is myopia a public health problem in India?


Dr. RP Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Rohit Saxena
Dr. RP Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0970-0218.112436

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Myopia, a form of refractive error is a leading cause of visual disability throughout the world. In India uncorrected refractive errors are the most common cause of visual impairment and second major cause of avoidable blindness. Due to this the public health and economic impact of myopia is enormous. Although school vision screening programme is very successful in many states, still a significant number of school going children remain unidentified and the unmet need for correcting refractive errors in children appears to be significant.


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