Anas L Yasin1*, Mohammad M Shehadeh2, Mohamed M Khodeiry1, Mohammad T Akkawi2, Ammar Aghbar2, Abdul-Raheem Abu Shanab2, Haneen Nueirat2 and Menatalla M Khodeiry3
1Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami, Florida, USA
2An-Najah National University Hospital, Nablus, Palestine
3Hallam Street Hospital, West Bromwich, UK
*Corresponding Author: Anas L Yasin, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami, Florida, USA.
Received: July 06, 2022; Published: August 11, 2022
Aim: To assess the magnitude of low vision (LV) among ophthalmic patients of North West Bank (NWB) discrete.
Methods: Institution based cross section study was performed at An-Najah National University Hospital which is a large tertiary hospital serving NWB. A total of 3000 patients who were more than 18 years old were selected between June 2018 - June 2019. Comprehensive ophthalmic exam was done and patients with LV (best corrected visual acuity after any possible treatment < 6/18 (0.33) to >= LP) were studied.
Results: A total of 106 (3.5%) were having LV. 48 patients (45.3%) were males and 58 (54.7%) were females. Average age of LV patients was 67 years. Most LV patients had VA less than 0.05 (decimal) (3/60 Snellen). Diabetic retinopathy (DR) was the leading cause of LV and retina related causes compromised the vast majority of cases.
Conclusion: The magnitude of LV is high but most of its association are either avoidable or treatable. The role of screening and counseling programs and early diagnosis and treatment should be emphasized along with increase awareness of LV services and their importance to visually impaired persons.
Keywords: Low Vision; North West Bank; Cross Section Study; Diabetic Retinopathy
Citation: Anas L Yasin., et al. “The Epidemiology of Low Vision in North West Bank Population: A Hospital-based Study".Acta Scientific Ophthalmology 5.9 (2022): 16-19.
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