International Journal of Medicine and Health Development

ARTICLE
Year
: 2006  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 30--35

Cataract treatment: Must we remain blind to couching?


Ike O Okoye 
 Department of Ophthalmology, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Enugu, Nigeria

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FMCOphth, FICS Ike O Okoye
Department of Ophthalmology, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, P.M.B. 01129, Enugu
Nigeria

Aim: To highlight the persistence of couching as a treatment for cataract in our community and its attendant complications. Materials and Methods: Retrospective study, using hospital records of 9 patients who had undergone couching and presented at the eye clinic, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Enugu between November 2004 and April 2005. Information was obtained on the following: - Biodata, period between couching and presentation, type of coucher patronized, reasons for undergoing couching, presenting complaints, visual acuity status on presentation and after treatment, and complications following couching. Results: Eight eyes (80%) out of the ten eyes in these 9 patients were noted to be blind, on presentation at our centre. The commonest complication was lens dislocation into the anterior chamber with vitreous in the anterior chamber. Conclusion: Couching as a treatment for cataract is potentially dangerous and remains a significant cause of low vision and blindness in our community, if the practice is left unchecked.


How to cite this article:
Okoye IO. Cataract treatment: Must we remain blind to couching?.Int J Med Health Dev 2006;11:30-35


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Okoye IO. Cataract treatment: Must we remain blind to couching?. Int J Med Health Dev [serial online] 2006 [cited 2023 Jan 28 ];11:30-35
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