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Ocular manifestations of leprosy
There is no disease which so frequently gives rise to disorders of the eye, as leprosy does.
Gerhard Armauer Hansen,1873
In 1997 the World Health Organizationestimated that up to 100,000 persons wereblind as a consequence of leprosy, includingformer leprosy patients who had beenreleased from treatment (RFT).
If age related cataract and other nonleprosy causes are also considered, the totalnumber of blind leprosy patients may be asmany as 200,000 – 300,000.
Eye complications in leprosy are common:about 15-20% of patients may havepotentially blinding eye complications .

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