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RESEARCH STUDY

RESEARCH

Effective Training of Schoolteacher for Vision Screening: Strategic Control of Visual Impairment in Schoolchildren

AUTHOR:

Mohammad Junaid Siddiqui, Imran Mehboob Baig

SPONSOR/INSTITUTION:

YEAR PUBLISHED:

2019

PUBLICATION:

Texila International Journal of Public Health

KEY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • This study is aimed to see if visual screening training to schoolteachers can effectively be used to detect VI in children.

  • Visual screening of 1134 eyes of 567 students was done by both the investigator and school teachers and results were formulated and compared.

  • There was no difference in result in 66.31 % eyes. Investigator recorded better visual acuity (VA)+ with a 1-line difference in 14.55% eyes and two lines difference 3.35% eyes. Whereas, teachers recorded one-line better VA in 12.79% eyes and two lines better VA in 3% eyes.

  • Out of 578 students from the three different schools of Allahabad district, from class 3 to 6, majority (267) belonged to school 3, whereas school 1 had the least (142) number of students.

  • The present study has identified the role of teachers as visual screeners in schools.

  • The procedure is cost effective and require only visual screening training to the schoolteachers, so they can be used effectively for early detection of reduced vision in schoolchildren.