Ocular involvement in leprosy is common, but little data has been published. The purpose of this preliminary survey is to obtain data on eye complications caused by Mycobacterium leprae infection (M. leprae), and to be used as a reference for further research. The most common eye disorders are madarosis and lagophthalmos, both are easily diagnosed by a health professional or physician who is not an ophthalmologist. Further ocular involvement may cause direct blindness, such as uveitis, or indirect blindness due to lagophtalmos or cataracts. Result of survey conducted at leprosy community in Sitanala Tangerang Hospital found that cataract is the most prevalent abnormality with 24.68%, followed by uveitis with prevalence of 23.41% and 13.92% is found to have bilateral uveitis. Examination of ocular disorders should be performed by a competent ophthalmologist. Thus, the management of leprosy cases should be integrated, so that ocular complications including blindness can be prevented earlier.
|Journal||Media Dermato Venereologica Indonesiana|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2018|