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Incidence of ophthalmic disease in the Dakhla oasis in Egypt by a prevention of blindness major campaign

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Session Title: Orbis Free Paper Session

Session Date/Time: Monday 07/09/2015 | 11:30-12:45

Paper Time: 12:34

Venue: Room 4

First Author: : P.Saif EGYPT

Co Author(s): :    M. Saif   A. Saif                 

Abstract Details


Prevention of blindness through providing professional health care service to villages and cities in the western desert in Egypt. Evaluating the incidence of ocular diseases in the Dakhla Oasis Egypt.


Examination in 1 central hospital and 17 primary health care units and 10 small villages and cities in the western desert in Egypt.


There were 15 ophthalmic volunteers divided into 3 screening groups and one operation team. The 3 group screen the village and give the medical treatments free for the patients, the major operations referred to the central hospitals to be done by the operation team. Screenings include full eye exam, IOP& VA measurement, fundus examination and minor operations. Major operations, laser treatments and some investigations were done by the surgical team.


the campaign examined 3780 patient and treatment was given, 81 Cataract operations, 14 Other Major operations and 29 minor operations were done. The diseases were 6.59% lid, 1.11% lacrimal system, 49.60% conjunctive, 6.30% corneal, 0.40% uvea, 5.58% glaucoma, 12.59% cataract, 4.92% fundus diseases and 1.11%EOM problems.


This area is lacking professional ophthalmic service and need more charity service to overcome trachoma and other problems.

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