Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1186/s12886-018-0671-z
Title: Coping with dry eyes: A qualitative approach
Authors: Yeo, S
Tong, L 
Keywords: adult
aged
coping behavior
dry eye
female
human
incidence
information processing
male
middle aged
philosophy
procedures
psychology
quality of life
questionnaire
Singapore
very elderly
Adaptation, Psychological
Adult
Aged
Aged, 80 and over
Dry Eye Syndromes
Female
Focus Groups
Holistic Health
Humans
Incidence
Male
Middle Aged
Quality of Life
Singapore
Surveys and Questionnaires
Issue Date: 2018
Citation: Yeo, S, Tong, L (2018). Coping with dry eyes: A qualitative approach. BMC Ophthalmology 18 (1) : 8. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12886-018-0671-z
Rights: Attribution 4.0 International
Abstract: Background: Dry eye is a common problem that affects many people worldwide, reducing quality of life and impacting daily activities. A qualitative approach often used in medicine and other disciplines is used to evaluate how people with dry eye cope with this impact. Methods: Six focus group sessions were conducted at the Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC), premises of an eye research institute. These focus groups consist of a spectrum of dry eye sufferers (30 women, 8 men, aged 61 ± 11.8 years). Standard methods of coding followed by determination of themes were adhered to. Where classification was difficult, consensus was made between 3 assessors. Results: Audio-recorded transcripts were coded in 10 themes by 3 assessors independently. Four of the themes involved traditional measures such as lid warming, cleansing, lubrication and oral dietary supplements. The other themes discovered were Traditional Chinese Medicine, modification of eye-care habits (e.g. wearing sunglasses), environmental humidity, lifestyle (e.g. sleeping habits), psychological attitude, and lastly sharing and communication. Conclusion: Holistic coping strategies were found to be prominent in dry eye sufferers from these focus groups, and people tend to find personalised ways of coping with the impact of dry eye on daily living. © 2018 The Author(s).
Source Title: BMC Ophthalmology
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/181220
ISSN: 14712415
DOI: 10.1186/s12886-018-0671-z
Rights: Attribution 4.0 International
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