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RESEARCH STUDY

RESEARCH

Near Vision Correction and Quality of Life Among Textile Factory Workers in Durban

AUTHOR:

Ving F. Chan, Jyoti Naidoo, Farai S. Chinanayi, Kovin S. Naidoo

SPONSOR/INSTITUTION:

Brien Holden Vision Institute

YEAR PUBLISHED:

2017

PUBLICATION:

African Vision and Eye Health

KEY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Uncorrected near vision impairment affects the performance of near vision tasks and activities for an estimated 410 million people worldwide.

  • Once normal vision becomes blurred or impaired, the ordinary and simple daily routines of individuals become difficult; often resulting in frustration and irritation, which is consequently reflected in their quality of life.

  • This study investigated the change of vision-related quality of life (VRQoL) following near correction among textile factory workers in South Africa.

  • The study was conducted among a total of 423 textile factory workers from seven textile factories in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

  • The overall increase in VRQoL scores of 21.9.

  • The increase was highest among participants of African origin 25.1 males 18.8, among those who had completed primary school 35.8 and among participants with other responsibilities (ironing and quality assurance) 21.9

  • The study concluded that correcting near vision impairment improved the VRQoL scores of textile factory workers.

  • The results showed that VRQoL scores increased significantly across levels of education and categories of responsibility.