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Bridging the Language Barrier in Health Awareness

Kennedy Opoku, Dip Ophthalmology, MSc1; Ian E. Murdoch, FRCOphth2,3
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1Agogo Presbyterian Eye Hospital, Agogo, Asante Akyem, Ashanti Region, Ghana
2Infectious Disease Epidemiology Unit, Department of Epidemiology and Population Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, England
3Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, England
JAMA Ophthalmol. 2013;131(10):1367. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2013.4285.
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Awareness of diseases in African communities frequently correlates with the outward manifestation of the disease process. In ophthalmology, the leukokoria of cataract has given rise to several local terms for this cause of blindness. The second most common cause of blindness in these communities1,2 unfortunately does not have any observable signs to the lay public. A person with glaucoma is frequently unaware of the disease process (progressive visual field loss) until the very last stages. Therapy to prevent blindness from glaucoma has proven effective.3

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