Practitioners’ opinions on the presentation of ocular pathology and ametropia in patients wearing ready-made reading spectacles

African Vision and Eye Health


 
 
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Title Practitioners’ opinions on the presentation of ocular pathology and ametropia in patients wearing ready-made reading spectacles
 
Creator Phillips, K. C. Clarke-Farr, P. C.
 
Subject — Ametropia; anisometropia; cataract; diabetic retinopathy; glaucoma; hypertensive retinopathy; ocular pathology; presbyopia; ready-made readers.
Description This paper presents the findings of a study to determine optometrists’ opinions on the presentation of ocular pathology and ametropia in patients wearing ready-made reading spectacles. Ninety-seven optometrists completed a questionnaire pertaining to ametropia and ocular diseases among these patients. The questionnaire contained information regarding patient demographics, ocular pathology, ocular ametropia and the regulatory and public health aspects of ready-made readers.Ninety-five percent of respondents stated that they had seen patients with ready-made readers in their practice and 62% of these stated that they had found the presence of ocular pathology in these patients. The pathologies most commonly reported as seen by practitioners were dry eye (86% of practitioners), cataracts (80%) and diabetic retinopathy (54%). In addition, 39% of practitioners reported seeing patients with anisometropia. The majority of practitioners (71%) stated that they sold ready-made readers in their practice. Sixty-three percentof practitioners indicated that they would be prepared to offer a service whereby a reduced consultation fee and a pair of ready-made readers could be incorporated into an indigent “package”. An overwhelming 88% of the practitioners felt that the sale of ready-made readers should be more regulated and 74% of practitioners felt that the Professional Board for Optometry and Dispensing Opticians should be responsible for monitoring their sale. The research suggests that wearers of ready-made readers should be screened for ocular pathology, reduced visual acuity and amblyopia. Current regulations should be tightened and a public awareness education campaign should be initiated. The use of ready-made reading spectacles, in deference to an eye examination by an optometrist, appears to be largely as a result of the perceived costs of pri-vate practice combined with ignorance and apathy
 
Publisher AOSIS
 
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Date 2008-12-17
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — —
Format application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/aveh.v67i3.191
 
Source African Vision and Eye Health; South African Optometrist: Vol 67, No 3 (2008); 125-135 2410-1516 2413-3183
 
Language eng
 
Relation https://avehjournal.org/index.php/aveh/article/view/191/160
 
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Rights Copyright (c) 2008 K. C. Phillips, P. C. Clarke-Farr https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0