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Journal of Ophthalmology
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 9080791, 5 pages
https://doi.org/10.1155/2017/9080791
Research Article

Public Awareness regarding Common Eye Diseases among Saudi Adults in Riyadh City: A Quantitative Study

1College of Medicine, Al Imam Mohammad Ibn Saud Islamic University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2King Khalid Eye Specialist Hospital, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence should be addressed to Amro K. Bin Abdulrahman; moc.liamg@6141.akard

Received 22 April 2017; Accepted 5 June 2017; Published 2 July 2017

Academic Editor: Antonio Queiros

Copyright © 2017 Waleed A. Al Rashed et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Aim. The current study aimed to evaluate the knowledge of eye disease and awareness of eye care among the Saudi adults and to explore existing eye-related misconceptions in the community. Methods. A cross-sectional study was conducted in Riyadh city during May and June 2016. A self-administered anonymous online questionnaire was used to explore the most common misconceptions related to eye diseases and eye care. Results. Out of 1000 individuals, only 711 (71.1%) participant responses were received. The participants’ acceptable knowledge (score ≥50%) was high about the eye problem in diabetes (88.6%), ocular trauma (81.2%), and other general eye diseases (91.3%), whereas low about refractive errors (63%), pediatric eye problems (51.5%), and glaucoma (14.8%). The variation in knowledge about specific ocular morbidities was significant (). The majority of participants reported sources of information about the common eye diseases and eye care encountered from the community, internet-based resources, and social media. Conclusions. The majority of the participants had awareness about the common eye diseases, whereas low percentage of participant’s awareness about specific condition of eye diseases. Public eye health awareness should be more focused on social media and the internet to be able to cover the younger individuals of the community.