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RESEARCH STUDY

RESEARCH

Population-Based Cross-Sectional Study of Barriers to Utilization of Refraction Services in South India: Rapid Assessment of Refractive Errors Study

AUTHOR:

Marmamula S., Keeffe J., Raman U. and Rao G.

SPONSOR/INSTITUTION:

YEAR PUBLISHED:

2011

PUBLICATION:

KEY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The study aimed to assess the barriers to the uptake of refraction services in the age group of 15-49 years in rural Andhra Pradesh, India.

  • A population-based cross-sectional study was conducted using cluster random sampling to enumerate 3,300 individuals from 55 clusters.

  • Those with uncorrected refractive errors cited affordability as the main barrier to the uptake of eye care services.

  • Among people with uncorrected presbyopia, lack of ‘felt need’ was the leading barrier.

  • The barriers that were ‘relatively easy to change’ were reported by those with uncorrected refractive errors in contrast to ‘difficult to change’ barriers reported by those with uncorrected presbyopia.