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Title: Knowledge and beliefs associated with refractive errors and undercorrection: The Singapore malay eye study
Authors: Rosman, M.
Wong, T.Y. 
Wong, W.
Wong, M.L. 
Saw, S.-M. 
Issue Date: Jan-2009
Citation: Rosman, M., Wong, T.Y., Wong, W., Wong, M.L., Saw, S.-M. (2009-01). Knowledge and beliefs associated with refractive errors and undercorrection: The Singapore malay eye study. British Journal of Ophthalmology 93 (1) : 4-10. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Background/aims: Refractive errors, especially if undercorrected, are a common and important cause of poor vision, particularly in Asia. The knowledge and beliefs of refractive errors and possible impact of undercorrection in a population-based study in Singapore are described. Methods: This study was a substudy on 503 subjects with refractive error from a population-based survey of 3280 adult Malays in Singapore aged 40 to 80 years. The Health Belief Model was used to develop a questionnaire, subjects with refractive errors were evaluated on their health beliefs towards adopting health-seeking behaviour for correction of refractive error, and the responses were compared between undercorrected subjects and subjects with corrected refractive errors. Results: Of persons with myopia, 79.5% had heard of myopia, 79.2% of hyperopes had heard of hyperopia, while only 7.7% of those with astigmatism had heard of astigmatism. Adults who had never previously visited an eye-care specialist were less likely to have heard of astigmatism and to know that they have refractive error (p
Source Title: British Journal of Ophthalmology
ISSN: 00071161
DOI: 10.1136/bjo.2007.132506
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