Published in 2015
- The purpose of this study was to understand the vision-related quality of life (QoL) of schoolchildren with uncorrected refractive error (URE).
- This study used a qualitative research design and homogeneous sampling method to select participants.
- Children with URE expressed that their parents do not believe them when they complain about problems in eyesight.
- The study found that parents were either anxious about the child’s vision problem or defensive for being ignorant about it.
- A small number of children with mild, moderate visual impairment and unilateral refractive errors expressed that they had no difficulty in performing certain tasks.
- Most children with URE have not experienced better clarity in vision and hence may be satisfied with their current vision, ignorant that they can see better.
- The study also revealed that psychological issues like being embarrassed or teased by peers are experienced mostly by children after refractive correction.
- The barriers to refractive correction that have been identified and elaborated by the study can be used to formulate target-specific and problem-specific remedial measures; for example, awareness campaigns for parents may concentrate specifically on the issues that the parents are unaware.
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