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Visual characteristics of natives in Fiji

1 March 1985


Volunteer eye/vision care projects to "Third World'' countries have become more common in recent years. Though these projects are successful in terms of volunteer care provided, few have provided publishable data in report form. This paper provides unique public health data on a population of natives in Fiji which have to date not had care available. These Fijians were found to have generally good vision with a distribution of refractive errors showing a strong tendency toward emmetropia. Eye health problems were found to increase with age, and to be greatly preventable if care were available. The project included the dispensing of used spectacles, and a majority in demand for these was related to correction of nearpoint vision changes associated with presbyopia.


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