To identify key barriers to the uptake of low vision services in the
Northwest Region of Cameroon.
Using the WHO estimate for low vision prevalence (2%), extrapolations
were made on the population of the NWR to have an estimate 41,000
people with low vision.
• The above value was compared to consultation data available at the low
vision clinic the period, 2011 to 2016 and a huge discrepancy was
observed. Only 247 patients used the services.
• A combination of exit interviews, observational analysis of consultations
by ophthalmic staff and home visits to patients who consulted for low
vision was undertaken.
• 299 (141 males, 158 females) who accessed general eye services
and/or low vision services completed exit interviews in which they
shared their views with regards to low vision services.
• Frequency of barriers highlighted by patients was tabulated per
category of patient.