Awareness and Knowledge of Common Eye Diseases Among the Academic Staff (Non-Medical Faculties) of University of Malaya

Chew, Y.K.; Reddy, S.C.; Karina , R. (2004) Awareness and Knowledge of Common Eye Diseases Among the Academic Staff (Non-Medical Faculties) of University of Malaya. Medical Journal of Malaysia, 59 (3). pp. 305-311. ISSN 0300-5283

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Abstract

A cross sectional study was conducted to assess the level of awareness and knowledge of common eye diseases (cataract, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and refractive errors) among 473 academic staff (non-medical faculties) of University Malaya. The awareness of cataract was in 88.2%, diabetic retinopathy in 83.5%, refractive errors in 75.3% and glaucoma in 71.5% of the study population. The knowledge about all the above common eye diseases was moderate, except presbyopia which was poor. Multivariate analysis revealed that females, older people, and those having family history of eye diseases were significantly more aware and more knowledgeable about the eye diseases. Health education about eye diseases would be beneficial to seek early treatment and prevent visual impairment in the society.

Item Type: Article
Creators:
  1. Chew, Y.K.(University of Malaya)
  2. Reddy, S.C.(University of Malaya)
  3. Karina , R.(University of Malaya)
Journal or Publication Title: Medical Journal of Malaysia
Additional Information: University of Malaya. Faculty of Medicine. Medical Student. University of Malaya. Faculty of Medicine. Dept. of Ophthalmology. University of Malaya.Faculty of Medicine. Dept. of Social & Preventive Medicine.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cataract; Glaucoma; Diabetic Retinopathy
Subjects: R Medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine
Depositing User: Mr. Faizal Hamzah
Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2011 12:12
Last Modified: 11 Aug 2011 12:12
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/1985

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