Volume 15, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


In his capacity as governmental ophthalmologist, the author studied the prevalence of eye diseases in Western New Guinea, an area that was relatively unstudied ophthalmologically. In addition to conducting a regular ophthalmological practice, he surveyed samples of the population in six geographically different regions, including coastal mountains, islands, high mountain ranges, and swamps. He concluded that a mild form of trachoma was almost universal, reaching its highest incidence at about age two. He found active disease in from 35 to 86 percent of the population in the various regions. In a series of 4,237 cases of trachoma, there were only one case each of monocular and binocular blindness, and only six cases of major visual acuity loss. He found spontaneous healing common, often without visible sequelae.


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