A follow-up study on visual outcome after camp-based intracapsular cataract extraction
The visual outcome of 164 intracapsular cataract extractions (ICCE) performed in 158 patients at an eye-camp was evaluated. 93.3% had a preoperative visual acuity of less than 3/60. On the 4th/5th post-operative day, 39.3% had a visual acuity between 6/18 and 6/36; 84.7% had vision better than 3/60. Six weeks post-operatively, 44.1% had visual acuity better than 6/18 and a total of 84.1% better than 3/60. The vision of 40.7% improved between the 4th/5th post-operative day and the follow-up visit at 6 weeks. 46.4% of patients had post-operative corrected visual acuity better than 6/18, 24.3% had vision between 6/18 and 6/36, and a total of 84.3% had vision better than 3/60. The patients' satisfaction in terms of improvement in mobility and ability to do housework at 6 weeks after the operation correlated better with the improvement in vision in terms of the number of Snellen's lines than with the actual post-operative visual acuity.
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