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From unseen to seen: Tackling the global burden of uncorrected refractive errors

AutorDurr, Nicholas J.; Dave, Shivang R.; Lage, Eduardo; Marcos, Susana ; Thorn, Frank; Lim, Daryl
Palabras claveEyeglasses
Global health
Poor vision
Visual impairment
Eye care
Fecha de publicación2014
EditorAnnual Reviews
CitaciónAnnual Review of Biomedical Engineering 16: 131- 153 (2014)
ResumenWorldwide, more than one billion people suffer from poor vision because they do not have the eyeglasses they need. Their uncorrected refractive errors are a major cause of global disability and drastically reduce productivity, educational opportunities, and overall quality of life. The problem persists most prevalently in low-resource settings, even though prescription eyeglasses serve as a simple, effective, and largely affordable solution. In this review, we discuss barriers to obtaining, and approaches for providing, refractive eye care. We also highlight emerging technologies that are being developed to increase the accessibility of eye care. Finally,we describe opportunities that exist for engineers to develop new solutions to positively impact the diagnosis and treatment of correctable refractive errors in low-resource settings. Copyright © 2014 by Annual Reviews. All rights reserved.
Identificadoresdoi: 10.1146/annurev-bioeng-071813-105216
issn: 1545-4274
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