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RESEARCH STUDY

RESEARCH

Refractive Error in Under-Served Adults: Causes and Potential Solutions

AUTHOR:

Jeganathan, V.S., Robin, A.L. and Woodward, M.A.

SPONSOR/INSTITUTION:

YEAR PUBLISHED:

2017

PUBLICATION:

Current Opinion in Ophthalmology

KEY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The purpose of this study was to assess the epidemiology of uncorrected refractive errors in adults both in the United States and globally.

  • This study was based on the review of literature on uncorrected refractive errors, health outcomes impacted by URE, common barriers to treatment, and propose potential interventions.

  • The study identified URE is the main cause of visual impairment and the second leading cause of blindness globally.

  • Literature shows that the rates of URE are rising, and cause disability that reduces productivity, economic earnings, and the quality of life of affected individuals.

  • The common barriers to treatment of URE were economic barriers, healthcare access, and sociocultural constraints.

  • Delivery programs for eyeglasses and programs to provide refractive surgery to correct refractive error could decrease rates of URE.