Critical issues in implementing low vision care in the Asia-Pacific region

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Chiang, Peggy Pei-Chia, Marella, Manjula, Ormsby, Gail and Keeffe, Jill. 2012. "Critical issues in implementing low vision care in the Asia-Pacific region." Indian Journal of Ophthalmology. 60 (5), pp. 456-459. https://doi.org/10.4103/0301-4738.100549
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Critical issues in implementing low vision care in the Asia-Pacific region

ERA Journal ID41182
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsChiang, Peggy Pei-Chia, Marella, Manjula, Ormsby, Gail and Keeffe, Jill
Journal TitleIndian Journal of Ophthalmology
Journal Citation60 (5), pp. 456-459
Number of Pages4
Year2012
Place of PublicationIndia
ISSN0301-4738
1998-3689
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.4103/0301-4738.100549
Web Address (URL)https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3491275/
Abstract

Two-thirds of the world′s population with low vision resides in the Asia-Pacific region. Provision of comprehensive low vision services is important to improve vision-related quality of life (QoL) for people with this condition. This review outlines the critical issues and challenges facing the provision of low vision services in the Asia-Pacific region. The review offers possible strategies to tackle these issues and challenges facing service providers and policy makers in lieu of Vision 2020 strategies in this area. Pertinent findings from the global survey of low vision services and extensive ground work conducted in the region are used; in addition, a discussion on the availability of services, human resources and training, and funding and the future sustainability of low vision care will be covered. In summary, current issues and challenges facing the region are the lack of specific evidence-based data, access, appropriate equipment and facilities, human resources, funding, and sustainability. These issues are inextricably interlinked and thus cannot be addressed in isolation. The solutions proposed cover all areas of the VISION 2020 strategy that include service delivery, human resources, infrastructure and equipment, advocacy and partnership; and include provision of comprehensive care via vertical and horizontal integration; strengthening primary level care in the community; providing formal and informal training to enable task shifting and capacity building; and promoting strong government and private sector partnership to achieve long-term service financial sustainability.

KeywordsAccess; Asia-pacific; coverage; funding; low vision; policy
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