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IJMDC. 2019; 3(10): 849-854

A study of general population awareness about refractive surgery in the Western Region of Saudi Arabia

Abdulmalik H. Alghamdi, Mohammed A. Alzahrani, Abdulla S. Alhamami, Adel K. Altalhi, Ali M. Alkhathami, Batool M. Alosaimi, Tahani A. Bukhari, Abdulrahim K. Turkistani, Qusay Z. AlQurashi, Saeed S. Basharahil, Talal A. Althomali.


Background: Refractive error is a problem with accurate focus of light on the retina due to the shape of the eye. There are several types of refractive error; refractive surgery is used to correct common vision problems. The aim of the current study was to evaluate the Saudi society's awareness about refractive surgery. Methodology: This was a questionnaire-based study that was conducted among the general population. The questions tested their awareness of refractive surgery. Data were collected through paper and electronic questionnaires. Results: The study included 2,600 participants, 40.7% of the participants had myopia and 49% were using either glasses or contact lens. The primary source of knowledge was family and friends in 68% of the participants. Majority of the participants (53%) had a high level of knowledge. Age, sex, city, education level were factors affecting the level of knowledge. Conclusion: There was a moderate level of knowledge that was noticed in post-graduates.

Key words: Refractive surgery, Refractive error, knowledge, general population, awareness.

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