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RESEARCH STUDY

RESEARCH

Spectacle Compliance among Adolescents: A Qualitative Study from Southern India

AUTHOR:

Narayanan, A., Kumar, S. and Ramani, K.K.

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YEAR PUBLISHED:

2017

PUBLICATION:

Optometry and Vision Science

KEY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The purpose of this study was to explore the perceptions of adolescents and their parents about spectacle compliance of adolescents in Southern India.

  • This study used a qualitative research design, and 3 focus group discussions were conducted with parents and adolescents studying in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.

  • Physical barriers to spectacle use cited by participants included scar formation on the sides of the nose and backside of the ears, caused by pressure on nose bridge and rubbing of skin after continued use of spectacles, discomfort, pain, and headaches.

  • Psychological barriers to spectacle use cited by participants included that some parents refused for their child to wear spectacles.

  • Social barriers to spectacle use cited by participants included that adolescents who wore spectacles were made fun of and called names by their peers, siblings, and neighbors.

  • Implementing the solutions suggested by the stakeholders through planned intervention programs could possibly help in ensuring better compliance of spectacle use among school adolescents.