The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in people delaying treatment for cataract. As a result, there has been a backlog in the number of persons who need to be treated for the condition, said Srinivasan G. Rao, senior ophthalmologist and regional head, Dr. Agarwal’s Eye Hospital.
Dr. Rao said the hospital had been seeing more patients recently with untreated cataract. “There has been over five-fold increase in the number of cataract cases in the city, especially in the 50-70 age group,” he said.
For every 100 outpatients in a private hospital, 40 to 60 are being diagnosed for cataract. The figure used to be 10 before the pandemic. Dr. Rao attributed this to suspension of screening camps in the pandemic years and fear among patients of contracting the infection while visiting the hospital for treatment.
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