Original Article

IJMDC. 2019; 3(10): 53-58

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

Authors: 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.

ABSTRACT

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.

Keywords:
Refractive surgery, Refractive error, knowledge, general population, awareness.


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


Authors
Abdulmalik H Alghamdi
Medical Student, Medical College, Taif University, Saudi Arabia
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Mohammed A Alzahrani
Medical Student, Medical College, Taif University, Saudi Arabia
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Abdulla S Alhamami
Medical Student, Medical College, Taif University, Saudi Arabia
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Adel K Altalhi
Medical Student, Medical College, Taif University, Saudi Arabia
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Ali M Alkhathami
Medical Intern, Medical College, Taif University, Saudi Arabia.
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Batool M Alosaimi
Medical Student, Medical College, Taif University, Saudi Arabia
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Tahani A Bukhari
Medical Student, Medical College, Taif University, Saudi Arabia
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Abdulrahim K Turkistani
Medical Student, Medical College, Taif University, Saudi Arabia
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Qusay Z AlQurashi
Medical Student, Medical College, Taif University, Saudi Arabia.
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Saeed S Basharahil
Medical Student, Medical College, Taif University, Saudi Arabia
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Talal A Althomali
Consultant of ophthalmology and pediatric ophthalmology and professor, Faculty of Medicine, Taif University, Taif, Saudi Arabia
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Correspondence to:
. Talal Abdulrahman Althomali, Consultant of ophthalmology and pediatric ophthalmology and professor at faculty of medicine in Taif University; tthomali@hotmail.com

Publication history
Received 04 Jul 2019
Accepted 06 Aug 2019
Published online 12 Sep 2019
Published in print 26 Sep 2019

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Alghamdi AH, Alzahrani MA, Alhamami AS, Altalhi AK, Alkhathami AM, Alosaimi BM, Bukhari TA, Turkistani AK, AlQurashi QZ, Basharahil SS, Althomali TA. A study of general population awareness about refractive surgery in the Western Region of Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. 2019; 3(10): 53-58. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1562241479


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Alghamdi AH, Alzahrani MA, Alhamami AS, Altalhi AK, Alkhathami AM, Alosaimi BM, Bukhari TA, Turkistani AK, AlQurashi QZ, Basharahil SS, Althomali TA. A study of general population awareness about refractive surgery in the Western Region of Saudi Arabia. http://www.ijmdc.com/?mno=55387 [Access: October 18, 2019]. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1562241479


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Alghamdi AH, Alzahrani MA, Alhamami AS, Altalhi AK, Alkhathami AM, Alosaimi BM, Bukhari TA, Turkistani AK, AlQurashi QZ, Basharahil SS, Althomali TA. A study of general population awareness about refractive surgery in the Western Region of Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. 2019; 3(10): 53-58. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1562241479


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Alghamdi AH, Alzahrani MA, Alhamami AS, Altalhi AK, Alkhathami AM, Alosaimi BM, Bukhari TA, Turkistani AK, AlQurashi QZ, Basharahil SS, Althomali TA. A study of general population awareness about refractive surgery in the Western Region of Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. (2019), [cited October 18, 2019]; 3(10): 53-58. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1562241479


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Alghamdi, A. H., Alzahrani, . M. A., Alhamami, . A. S., Altalhi, . A. K., Alkhathami, . A. M., Alosaimi, . B. M., Bukhari, . T. A., Turkistani, . A. K., AlQurashi, . Q. Z., Basharahil, . S. S. & Althomali, . T. A. (2019) A study of general population awareness about refractive surgery in the Western Region of Saudi Arabia. IJMDC, 3 (10), 53-58. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1562241479


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Alghamdi, Abdulmalik H., 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, and Talal A. Althomali. 2019. A study of general population awareness about refractive surgery in the Western Region of Saudi Arabia. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 3 (10), 53-58. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1562241479


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Alghamdi, Abdulmalik H., 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, and Talal A. Althomali. "A study of general population awareness about refractive surgery in the Western Region of Saudi Arabia." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 3 (2019), 53-58. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1562241479


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Alghamdi, Abdulmalik H., 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, and Talal A. Althomali. "A study of general population awareness about refractive surgery in the Western Region of Saudi Arabia." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 3.10 (2019), 53-58. Print. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1562241479


APA (American Psychological Association) Style

Alghamdi, A. H., Alzahrani, . M. A., Alhamami, . A. S., Altalhi, . A. K., Alkhathami, . A. M., Alosaimi, . B. M., Bukhari, . T. A., Turkistani, . A. K., AlQurashi, . Q. Z., Basharahil, . S. S. & Althomali, . T. A. (2019) A study of general population awareness about refractive surgery in the Western Region of Saudi Arabia. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 3 (10), 53-58. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1562241479


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