Research Article
Volume 11 Issue 2 - 2020
Level of Awareness among Non-medical Students towards Keratoconus Abha, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Abdulrahman Alamri*
Department of Ophthalmology, College of Medicine, King Khalid University, Saudi Arabia
*Corresponding Author:Abdulrahman Alamri, Department of Ophthalmology, College of Medicine, King Khalid University, Saudi Arabia.
Received: January 11, 2020; Published: January 29, 2020




Abstract

Background: Keratoconus is a progressive, bilateral, asymmetric, ectatic disease that leads to progressive corneal thinning and protrusion of the cornea, which results in progressive visual impairment and irregular astigmatism. Early detection is of great paramount to stop progression of the condition. Awareness of the population at risk improves early screening and utilization of eye care. The aim of the present study is to assess the level of awareness of non-medical students towards keratoconus Abha Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted among the non-medical students from January 2019 to May 2019 in the Southern region of Saudi Arabia. A total of 393 non-medical students were randomly selected through the university admission deanship records. Close-ended questionnaires were circulated using the university official electronic mails. 

Results: A total of 374 females and 19 males were responded. Among those who had poor awareness, majority were females (95.7%) and belonged to age group of 17 - 21 years (68.3%). Similar pattern was seen in study participants with fair awareness. However, 57.1% of the study participants with good awareness belonged to age group of 22 - 26 years. 

Conclusion: Visual impairment is a common condition among young population. Onset and severity of keratoconus is diverse among countries. Early screening for the population at risk could hasten the appropriate medical intervention and reduce the burden of this condition. Level of awareness considered as a key factor for a better utilization of the eye health care. 

Keywords: Keratoconus; Non-Medical Students; Awareness; Saudi Arabia

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Citation: Abdulrahman Alamri. “Level of Awareness among Non-medical Students towards Keratoconus Abha, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia”. EC Ophthalmology 11.2 (2020): 01-07

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