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Klin Monatsbl Augenheilkd. 1984 Dec; 185(6): 543-6.

[Results of operative couching of the lens (a study from Nepal)]

Brandt F, Hennig A, Prasad LN, Rai NC, Upadhyay MP.

In Southern Nepal 100 eyes were examined on which a couching operation (reclination of the lens) had been performed by "quacks". The postoperative period extended from 1 month to more than 10 years. At the time of the examination 42 eyes were found to be blind; 26 of these were still blind immediately after the operation or went blind again during the following 6 months. In the eyes in which vision was preserved throughout the first postoperative year, subsequent loss of vision was less than 10% a year. These surgical results may not appear desirable but they are at least acceptable considering that the couching had been performed in regions of Nepal where modern ophthalmic care is not yet available.

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