Correction of visual impairment by cataract surgery in Australian adults, aged 49 years and above, was found to be associated with an approximately 40 percent lower mortality rate according to a recent report. This is not the first time an association between cataract surgery and survival has been found.
In Cameroon, about 14,000 cataract operations are performed each year, yet an estimated 175,000 Cameroonians, aged 49 years and above, have uncorrected visual impairment due to cataract.
What benefits would cataract surgery afford in terms of quality of life, economic productivity etc.? What about survival?
What can be done to ensure that even more Cameroonians (adults and children alike) have access to and benefit from sight restoring cataract surgery?