Vitreous and Retina

Enormous progress has been made to treat cataract, the leading cause of blindness in developing countries. However, Africa already faces the next challenges: diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration, and glaucoma present the main emerging diseases with prevalence rates comparable to anywhere in the world. Furthermore, lens complications and retinal detachments can accompany an unsuccessful cataract surgery. These developments have already been observed in China, India and the Middle Eastern countries. So far, Africa has given low priority to retinal diseases and is not prepared for the procedures and treatments. However, with the right training and equipment, these challenges can be tackled successfully.

This publication was jointly developed with Dr. Silvia Bopp Foundation.