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RESEARCH STUDY

RESEARCH

Near Visual Impairment and Spectacle Coverage in Telangana, India

AUTHOR:

Marmamula, S., Khanna, R.C., Kunuku, E. and Rao, G.N.

SPONSOR/INSTITUTION:

YEAR PUBLISHED:

2017

PUBLICATION:

Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology

KEY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The purpose of this study was to present burden of near visual impairment (NVI) in India.

  • This was a population-based cross-sectional study, used rapid assessment methodology among adults aged ≥40 years.

  • Approximately 80% (n = 4142) of participants had no education, and 21.9% (n = 1126) were using spectacles for near vision.

  • The prevalence of NVI was 58.3% (95% confidence interval: 56.9–59.6).

  • NVI was associated with older age groups, male gender and no education.

  • Overall, 988 (19.2%) participants had a met need for near correction.

  • NVI is common in rural Telangana with low spectacle coverage suggesting the need for improved eye care services.