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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1-5

Knowledge Impact of the Contextual Presbyopia Education on the At-Risk Population of Saham, Oman

Department of Optometry, College of Health Sciences, University of Buraimi, Al Buraimi, Oman

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Dr. Gopi Suresh Vankudre
Department of Optometry, College of Health Sciences, University of Buraimi, Al Buraimi
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DOI: 10.4103/bijo.bijo_3_19

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Context: Acts such as regular check-up and choosing appropriate correction methods can help in reducing the uncorrected burden of presbyopia and enhancing the vision-related quality of life. There is a lack of evidence on presbyopia-related awareness and knowledge in Oman. Even, evidence on the efficiency of condition-related health promotional resources is also limited. Aim: This study aims to evaluate the community's presbyopia related knowledge level and the impact of the developed video-based presbyopia-related health promotional tool on enhancing their condition related knowledge. Settings and Design: This cross-sectional study was conducted in the population of Saham, Oman. Subjects and Methods: The knowledge assessment was done through a self-designed questionnaire tool before and after the provision of presbyopic health education. Statistical Analysis Used: Descriptive statistics, Wilcoxon signed-rank, and Kruskal–Wallis test. Results: The mean age of participants was (42.100 ± 6.3937 years). The mean percentile knowledge score before the intervention was (25.0909% ±23.75966%). Percentile mean knowledge score after intervention increased to (92.9091% ± 12.43264%). Wilcoxon signed-rank test indicated that the postintervention knowledge score was significantly higher than preintervention z = −8.699, P = 0.00. The Kruskal–Wallis test indicated the change is knowledge score was statistically significant with factors of the medical association of the participant either educationally (P = 0.043) or occupationally (0.009). Conclusion: Most of the study participants had heard about near vision loss but had lower knowledge about presbyopia. The impact of the provided presbyopia health intervention was statistically significant.

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