South Africa's cataract surgery rates – why are we not meeting our targets?

Karin Lecuona, Colin Cook


Cataract is the leading cause of blindness in South Africa, responsible for about 50% of the prevalence of blindness1 and identified as a national health priority. The cataract surgery rate (CSR) should be at least 2 000 per million population per year for elimination of cataract blindness. The national CSR target was planned to increase from 1 000 in 2005 to 2 000 in 2010, but since CSRs have failed to reach targets each year, the national target for 2010 was reduced from 2 000 to 1 500. We reviewed data from a situational analysis in 2007 of cataract surgery services to ascertain the obstacles to achieving CSR targets.

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Karin Lecuona, Division Ophthalmology, Groote Schuur Hospital and University of Cape Town

Colin Cook,

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Cataract Surgery Rate; Resources; Barriers; Urbanisation; Vision 2020

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South African Medical Journal 2011;101(8):510-512.

Article History

Date submitted: 2010-11-03
Date published: 2011-07-25

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