To assess the awareness about glaucoma and the factors affecting it in urban Punjab population. Cross-sectional study. Study was conducted in March-April 2011 in Rawalpindi District Punjab, Pakistan.
Glaucoma awareness study was conducted on urban population of Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Lahore and Taxila. Individuals belonging to medical profession [doctors, nurses and paramedics etc] were not included. Demographic details and educational status of all participants were documented. A brief structured close-ended study questionnaire was used to collect information about their awareness of risk factors, treatment aspects and complication of glaucoma. There were 729 participants in the study. Majority were females [60.1%] and adults [76.1%] . Literacy level of 40.2% was up to matriculate level. The study indicated that the awareness level about glaucoma was low especially about the recognition of high-risk groups and symptoms. Only one-third of respondents i. e.32.6% had an idea about the symptoms of the disease and 27.4% participants had awareness of glaucoma as a blinding eye disease. Determinants of glaucoma awareness amongst study participants were gender, age, education level and occupation. Awareness of glaucoma was quite low among the urban population in Punjab. There is need of increased public health education to reduce glaucoma associated blindness and its burden on society
Saadia Farooq ,Sulman Jaffar ,Ayisha Kausar ,
Determinants of glaucoma awareness in urban Punjab,
Pak. Armed Forces Med. J. 2015;
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