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Title: GLAUCOMA SCREENING BY NIGERIAN OPTOMETRISTS
Authors: AJAYI, O.B
IGHOROJE, A.D.A
OBASOHAN E.O., E.O
Keywords: Glaucoma Screening, optometrists
Issue Date: 2000
Publisher: African Journal of Medical Pharmacolgy and Science
Series/Report no.: 3;1
Abstract: Optometrists, as Primary Eye Care Professionals, are involved in screening and detecting glaucoma in Nigeria. This paper looks into how Optometrists screen for glaucoma. Questionnaires were administered to 60 registered Optometrists practising in Edo and Lagos States. Optometrists supplied Information on facilities available for glaucoma screening, mode of testing and criteria adopted for referral of patients. The result demonstrated that respondents have one or more facilities for screening of glaucoma. 100 per cent of Optometrists have Ophthalmoscopes, 60 per cent have Tonometer, while only 30 per cent have access to one form of Visual Field equipment Most respondents without adequate facilities will refer suspicious patients to other available glaucoma screening centers. The mean selection criteria age for glaucoma screening amongst respondents was 40*2. Accuracy for referral criteria and awareness of the disc and visual changes was dependent on the year of experience: X = 0.8455. Survey suggested that respondents are aware of the risk factors and subtle changes associated with glaucoma as well as their role in screening for glaucoma. However, experience and duration of practice increased screening ability and accuracy. Inadequate facilities due to poor finances tend to be the basic limitation for screening.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/850
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