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The Official Scientific Journal of Delhi Ophthalmological Society
Efficacy of Rural Camps at a Tertiary Centre in Dehradun in Achieving Vision 2020
Manisha Gupta, Priyanka Gupta, Ashish Kakkar, Abhinav Arora
Department Of Ophthalmology, SGRR Institute Of Medical & Health Sciences & SMI Hospital, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India
Corresponding Author:
Manisha Gupta 
MS
Professor & Head of Ophthalmology
SGRRIM & HS, SMI hospital, Dehradun, India
Email id: rajivmanisha@hotmail.com
Published Online: 30-JUL-2018
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7869/djo.375
Abstract
Background:- To establish the effectiveness of rural outreach camps in reducing preventable blindness caused by cataract and achieving VISION 2020 by WHO.
Materials and Methods:- It was a retrospective cross-sectional study. Records of patients of our tertiary care centre attending outreach camps conducted during the past 5 years i.e., 2012-2016 were studied. The total number of patients attending the camp and those who were operated for cataract were recorded. Similarly, the number of patients attending the outpatient department at the department of Ophthalmology of our hospital and the number of cases operated for cataract were recorded. Data was tabulated and analyzed. 
Results:- A total of 1,55,123 patients attended the outpatient department during these five years. Out of these, 2409 cases were detected to have cataract (1.55%). We conducted 816 rural camps under District Blindness Control Society (DBCS) in various peripheral areas of Dehradun district. Out of total 21,703 camp patients screened, 2,111 patients (9.73%) were detected to have cataract and were operated at the hospital. These results were statistically significant. Intraocular lens was implanted in 96.31% camp surgeries and 98.38% of hospital out patient department based surgeries.
Conclusion:- Higher numbers of cataracts were detected in the rural parts with the help of outreach camps, as compared to the OPD at tertiary care centre. Patients underwent cataract extraction and implantation of intraocular lens. Hence, conducting outreach camps in rural areas forms an integral part in decreasing the burden of visual morbidity due to cataract and is helpful in achieving VISION 2020. 
Keywords : rural camp; VISION 2020; District Blindness Control Society
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