A Study of Awareness of Glaucoma among Ophthalmology out patients in a 2-Tier City, Tumkur
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Sandhya R., Abhilasha Sinha, Niharika Shetty
Volume : 1
Issue : 3
Online ISSN : 2395-1451
Print ISSN : 2395-1443
Article First Page : 156
Article End Page : 158
Aim: A pilot study for evaluation of awareness and knowledge of potentially blinding ocular disease Glaucoma among people attending OPD of a medical college hospital in Tumkur district.
Materials and Methods: A hospital-based study of 300 patients attending Ophthalmology as outpatients to Siddhartha Medical College, Tumkur, participants were given a questionnaire to probe into their knowhow levels on order to evaluate their awareness of Glaucoma. Questionnaire was properly explained to the subjects in their understandable language before assessing their awareness. Subjects less than 20 years or more than 75 years and the ones suffering from the disease were not included. Subjects "who had heard of a disease called Glaucoma” prior to their recruitment into the study were labelled as ‘aware’. The participants who has some understanding of Glaucoma were categorized as "knowledgeable"
Results: Out of 300 subjects recruited for the study, only 5 subjects were aware of a disease called Glaucoma. Determinants of awareness about glaucoma were educational status & known (history of glaucoma) in the family.
Conclusion: Awareness and knowledge of glaucoma in patients attending a medical college hospital was abysmally low.
Key words: Awareness, Knowledge, Glaucoma, Medical college hospital, Hospital based study, 2-tier city