Open access peer-reviewed Edited Volume

Visual Impairment and Blindness

Giuseppe Lo Giudice

Azienda Ospedaliera di Padova


cataract glaucoma corneal disease congenital cataract retinopathy of prematurity genetic diseases cataract optic nerve hypolplasia infections leading to corneal scarring trachoma malnutrition vitamin A deficiency ophthalmia neonatorum retinal degeneration age-related macular degeneration diabetic retinopathy retinal dystrophies retinal detachment eredo-degenerative diseases uncorrected refractive error microperimetry biofeedback

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Blindness knows no borders; over 45 million people in the world suffer from profound vision impairment. This is highest in developing nations where most of the people live in poor socioeconomic condition. A high proportion of blindness is preventable through public health measures and many other cases are treatable. In 2015, there were an estimated 253 million people with visual impairment worldwide. Of these, 36 million were blind and a further 217 million had moderate to severe visual impairment.

Impairment vs Disability vs Handicap
Impairment is a health problem exists where medical intervention could leads to cure with equal opportunity; if the medical problem persists this become “permanent” (dysfunctional) condition with disability (functional problem) and in such a case rehabilitation leads to equal opportunity. Handicap is a permanent social/community problem and a social participation/integration is needed (institutional/community-based rehabilitation, and special education and training).
Overall, there may be around 703 million people who are blind or have MSVI by the year 2050. A massive investment in eye health services, along with protection from out-of-pocket payments for the poorest sectors of society is needed, to ensure universal access to eye health for all. Assistance, cure and interaction with blind or visually impaired people is mandatory. Several oculars diseases are emerging as principal causes of unavoidable blindness, and strategies to address this important issue are new key points. Early diagnosis and adequate therapy for ocular disorders require specific technology, as well as long-term and permanent care.

Aim of this book is addressing different causes of visual impairment and blindness, their epidemiology, manifestations, risk factors, prevention of progression, and treatment. 

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Date completed: September 9th 2019

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Deadline for full chapters: November 29th 2019

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Review results due: February 17th 2020

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Expected publication date: April 17th 2020

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Giuseppe Lo Giudice

Azienda Ospedaliera di Padova

Giuseppe Lo Giudice received his medical degree at University of Messina, Italy. His ophthalmological residency was completed at the Department of Ophthalmology, University of Padua, Italy. After his residency training, Dr. Lo Giudice became an Assistant at the Ophthalmology Department at Conegliano Hospital and after that he became fellow at the Ophthalmology Department of the Gironcoli Ophthalmic Centre, Conegliano, Treviso, Italy. Since 2007 he has been Assistant Professor in Ophthalmology at San Antonio Hospital in Padua. His major field of interest is the developing of new treatments for retinal diseases (proliferative retinopathies, AMD, and diabetic retinopathy). He has more than 20 years of experience in clinical research as well as in clinical trials and laboratory research. Dr. Lo Giudice has performed more than 5000 anterior segment surgery (cataract surgery, phacotrabeculectomy, trabeculectomy, etc.) in the last 5 years. Five hundred vitreo-retinal surgeries due to several vitreoretinal disease (retinal pucker, retinal detachment, and vitreoretinal proliferative disease) have been also performed in the last 2 years at San Antonio Hospital, Padua, Italy.

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