Thinking of the Children
The prevalence of childhood blindness is much higher in developing countries – and it is largely avoidable
Aleksandra Jones | | Opinion
Over the last couple of days, my inbox has been full of article proposals and submissions with a common theme: pediatric ophthalmology. Genetic testing in pediatric eye diseases, the myopia epidemic among children in developed countries, a novel way of dealing with vernal keratoconjunctivitis, gene therapies for Leber congenital amaurosis… These are just a few of the topics that you can look out for in The Ophthalmologist.
As with many other aspects of life, the risk of childhood blindness and vision impairment is directly related to a person’s place of birth. Socioeconomics and the availability of adequate care are the main drivers; around three quarters of the world’s blind children live in the most deprived regions.
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