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RESEARCH STUDY

RESEARCH

Refractive Errors among Administrative Staff of Senior High Schools in the Kumasi Metropolis

AUTHOR:

David Ben Kumah, Baafi AR, Pascal OD and Baafi EB

SPONSOR/INSTITUTION:

YEAR PUBLISHED:

2016

PUBLICATION:

Optom Open Access

KEY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • This study focused on determining the types and prevalence of refractive errors among 120 administrative staff of 10 public senior high schools in the Kumasi Metropolis of Ghana.

  • Information collected from participants included demographics and ocular and medical history.

  • Eye health assessment included visual acuity, examination of external eye structures, direct ophthalmoscopy, and refraction.

  • Oculo-visual symptoms reported included teary eyes, headache, blur vision and double vision.

  • The overall prevalence of refractive error was 30.8%; hyperopia, myopia, and  astigmatism with prevalence figures of 17.5%, 10.8% and 2.5% respectively.

  • The prevalence of refractive error was considerably high among this group of workers. These workers would benefit from vision screening programmes and