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Go Back       Himalayan Journal of Applied Medical Sciences and Research | Volume:4 Issue:6 | Nov. 11, 2023
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DOI : 10.47310/HJMSR.2023.v04i06.001       Download PDF       HTML       XML
Enlightening District Kangra: Bridging the Glaucoma Knowledge Gap and Promoting Preventive Vision Care

Enlightening District Kangra: Bridging the Glaucoma Knowledge Gap and Promoting Preventive Vision Care

Prithvi Raj1, Garima2, Deepti3,

  1. Medical Officer (Specialist), Ophthalmology, Civil Hospital, Arki, District Solan, Himachal Pradesh.

  2. Medical Officer (Specialist), Ophthalmology, Civil Hospital, Nagrota Bagwan, District Kangra, Himachal Pradesh.

  3. Medical Officer (Specialist), Ophthalmology, Civil Hospital, Bhoranj, District Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh.

*Correspondence: Deepti

Abstract: Background: Glaucoma, a leading global cause of irreversible blindness, often progresses silently, making awareness and early detection crucial. In India, where glaucoma contributes significantly to vision impairment, understanding the knowledge gap and promoting preventive vision care is imperative.

Materials & Methods: A cross-sectional survey was conducted in District Kangra, Himachal Pradesh, India, from July to September 2023, involving 400 adults. A Google Form questionnaire assessed awareness and understanding of glaucoma and its risk factors. Data analysis was performed using Epi Info V7 software.

Results: The study revealed limited knowledge about glaucoma, with 24.5% having very good knowledge, 35.75% good knowledge, 23% fair knowledge, and 16.75% poor knowledge. While a majority recognized the importance of regular eye examinations, further emphasis is needed. Comparison with previous Indian studies highlighted the necessity for community-based interventions and improved access to eye care services.

Conclusion: Bridging the glaucoma knowledge gap in District Kangra is essential. Focused awareness campaigns, community education, and increased accessibility to eye care services are critical for promoting preventive vision care. Early detection and treatment can significantly reduce glaucoma’s impact.

Keywords: Glaucoma, awareness, knowledge, preventive vision care, India, community-based interventions, early detection, eye care services.

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