Spectacle coverage and spectacles use among elderly population in residential care in the south Indian state of Andhra Pradesh

Srinivas Marmamula, L. V.Chandra Sekhar Ravuri, Mei Ying Boon, Rohit C. Khanna

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Abstract

Background. There is limited research conducted on uncorrected refractive errors, presbyopia, and spectacles use among the elderly population in residential care in developing countries such as India. We conducted a cross-sectional study among elderly in residential care to assess the spectacle coverage and spectacles usage in the south Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Methods. All 524 residents in the 26 "homes for aged" institutions in the district were enumerated. Eye examination was performed that included visual acuity (VA) assessment for distant and near vision. A questionnaire was used to collect information on spectacles use. Results. 494/524 individuals were examined, 78% were women, and 72% had no education. The mean age of participants was 70 years. The spectacle coverage for refractive errors was 35.1% and 23.9% for presbyopia. The prevalence of current use and past use of spectacles was 38.5% (95% CI: 34.2-42.8; n=190) and 17.2% (95% CI: 13.9-42.8), respectively. Conclusions. There is low spectacle coverage for both refractive errors and presbyopia among elderly individuals in residential care in the south Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Appropriate service delivery systems should be developed to reach out this vulnerable group of seniors on a priority basis.

Original languageEnglish
Article number183502
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalBioMed Research International
Volume2013
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes

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