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Accessible eye health technology shows large advantages over current method for detecting childhood problems in lower and middle-income countries

A nurse trained in red reflex testing giving health education to mothers attending a child health clinic. Photograph: Furahini Mndeme

A new study from ICEH has revealed that an existing, easily accessible method of detecting causes of avoidable blindness would be more beneficial in lower and middle-income countries than…

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Traditional Medicine Use Strongly Associated with Incidence of Microbial Keratitis

A traditional healer prepares a treatment. Photograph: Simon Arunga

The incidence of microbial keratitis (MK), a major cause of blindness, is strongly associated with use of traditional eye medicine, a new study from ICEH has found.

Microbial keratitis is an infection of the cornea, the clear covering of the front…

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New insights into the prevalence of avoidable blindness and willingness to pay for cataract surgery in the tribal region of Surat district, Gujarat, India

A Surat village undergoes an eye examination. Photograph: Rohan Chariwala

The results of a dual-purpose field survey in a tribal area of India have shown a high level of avoidable blindness and a reluctance to pay for subsequent cataract surgery.

The new paper, published in Ophthalmic Epidemiology, shares the…

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Trachoma-causing bacteria could be transmitted through everyday surfaces

Chlamydia bacteria. Photograph: Aalbertus Versteeg

Chlamydia Trachomatis (Ct), the bacterium that causes trachoma, can survive on surfaces such as plastic, skin and cloth long enough to be transmitted, a first-of-its-kind study from ICEH has found.

Trachoma is the leading infectious cause of blindness worldwide. The disease, which…

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Mariam’s pink glasses: eye health and gender

Praticing for a vision test in school . Photograph: Priya Morjaria

Gender has consequences for health, and eye health is no exception. A person’s gender impacts their exposure to health risks and health-seeking behaviour. It can also affect their experience in a health facility – whether they can access it…

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