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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 7  |  Page : 3277-3280

Knowledge, attitude, and practice about myopia in school students in Marat city of Saudi Arabia

1 Medical Student, Department of Clinical Sciences, Shaqra University, Shaqra, Saudi Arabia
2 Department of Pharmacology, College of Medicine, Shaqra University, Shaqra, Saudi Arabia

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Mr. Anas Abdulaziz Almujalli
Medical Student, College of Medicine, Shaqra University, Shaqra - 11961
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_86_20

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Background: The prevalence of youth myopia has increased significantly in the local communities of Saudi Arabia; school children and parents are unaware of the knowledge and complications of myopia. Objective: To initiate and increase the awareness of myopia among school students and to prevent future complications. Method: An organized, questionnaire with 14 questions was prepared to analyze the school students' knowledge attitudes and practice about myopia. The study was conducted in a local school in Marat city, Saudi Arabia, between April 2019 and September 2019. The sample size includes 100 male students of age group 7 years to 14 years. Results: 82% of students have heard about myopia with the majority source of information being parents (62%) and teachers (35%). 45% of the students reported a negative attitude toward the eye-glasses users. 20% of students have reported the use of eye-glasses. Most of the students reported uncomfortable feel and shyness due to wearing of eye-glasses which limits their use. Conclusion: The public awareness programs by the local governing bodies, local hospitals, health workers, medical colleges, and non-government organizations should be organized in each local school to increase the school students' knowledge, positive attitude, and practice toward myopia.

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